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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Scott’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (13th 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 (74th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation

Scott tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Scott’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Was 15th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Scott missed 0.8% of votes (11 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (14th 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 the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 869 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 21st most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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; H.R. 4539: 400 Years of African-American History ...; H.R. 5574: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 25th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 27th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 332 bills that Scott cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

10 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.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 ...; H.R. 3512: Pell Grant Restoration Act of ...; H.R. 3514: WAGE Act; H.R. 4376: Pay Stub Disclosure Act; H.R. 4539: 400 Years of African-American History ...; H.R. 5260: Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 45th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Scott supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Scott 5 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 ...; H.R. 2143: EMPOWER Act; H.R. 2173: Redistricting Reform Act of 2015; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Scott cosponsored 332 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); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Scott introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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); All Representatives (0th 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.


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 114th Congress) 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.