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Rep. Robert Pittenger’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 9th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Pittenger’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Pittenger’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.

 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Pittenger introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 1427: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 2148: Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to North Carolina Delegation

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Pittenger’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Pittenger’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Of the 250 bills that Pittenger cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Was 61st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Pittenger missed 7.6% of votes (92 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Pittenger’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th 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 55th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 28 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Pittenger introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1427: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 2148: Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans; H.R. 5841: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Pittenger introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Pittenger’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress 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. 2148: Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans; H.R. 4311: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...; H.R. 5841: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 Pittenger’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. 4311: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Pittenger’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Pittenger caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Pittenger held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Pittenger’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Pittenger cosponsored 250 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 (46th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Pittenger’s bills and resolutions had 250 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. 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 (69th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Pittenger supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Pittenger 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Pittenger cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 the 115th Congress) 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.