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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Virginia Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 706: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; H.R. 2150: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 3512: Pell Grant Restoration Act of ...; H.R. 3514: WAGE Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Scott held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (77th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got the 22nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 584 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (82nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 23rd lowest % of bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Scott tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Scott’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 35th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 219 bills that Scott cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Was 40th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Scott missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (30th 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 influential cosponsors the 40th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

5 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.Res. 506: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 1926: Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety ...; H.R. 2150: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 2728: Youth Justice Act of 2015; H.R. 2962: America’s College Promise Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Scott cosponsored 219 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 (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Scott supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Scott 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Scott cosponsored H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.