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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Scott’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Scott’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.

 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Virginia Delegation

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

9 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1447: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...; H.R. 1695: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; H.R. 2369: Fair Sentencing Clarification Act of ...; H.R. 2370: Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program ...; H.R. 2371: Prisoner Incentive Act of 2013; H.R. 2372: Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act ...; H.R. 2405: Firearm Recidivist Sentencing Act of ...; H.R. 2526: To amend title 28, United ...; H.R. 2865: Fairness and Accuracy in Employment ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 41st least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Of the 195 bills that Scott cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Scott introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1447: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 Scott’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. 1695: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Scott tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Scott’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Democrats (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Scott 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 Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Scott cosponsored 195 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 Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 149 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Scott missed 1.7% of votes (11 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Scott supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Scott 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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