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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Scott’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (21st percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Virginia Delegation

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 the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

9 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 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 (91st percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 290 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 (51st percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (58th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Was 32nd most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Scott missed 1.2% of votes (15 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (27th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 1447: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Scott introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress 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 (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 1447: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...; H.R. 1695: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

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 (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Scott cosponsored 290 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 (64th percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 187 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); Safe House Seats (51st percentile); All Representatives (51st 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

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 the 113th Congress) 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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