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Rep. Richard Hudson’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Hudson’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Hudson’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Hudson’s bills and resolutions had 282 cosponsors in 2017. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hudson introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 304: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Hudson’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Hudson introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Ranked 27th most conservative compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hudson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 32nd top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hudson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 47th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 169 bills that Hudson cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Was 50th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Hudson missed 7.5% of votes (53 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Hudson’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hudson introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of ...; H.R. 304: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency ...; H.R. 2786: To amend the Federal Power ...; H.R. 3369: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Hudson’s bills and resolutions in 2017 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of ...; H.R. 3477: Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Hudson’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 3477: Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Hudson held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Hudson’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hudson cosponsored 169 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hudson supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hudson 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hudson cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.