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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 2017 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 (10th percentile); House Democrats (15th percentile); All Representatives (7th 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 (76th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1242: 400 Years of African-American History ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got the 14th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 673 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to House Democrats

Of the 247 bills that Scott cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Democrats (7th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 10 others)

Scott missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); All Representatives (21st 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 bicameral support on the 24th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 15: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 2435: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; H.R. 2650: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...; H.R. 3773: Child Care for Working Families ...; H.Con.Res. 68: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 58th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

4 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1242: 400 Years of African-American History ...; H.R. 2435: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; H.R. 2475: Rebuild America’s Schools Act of ...; H.R. 4261: SAFE Justice Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Scott introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Scott’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Scott cosponsored 247 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 (65th percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Scott supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Scott 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Scott cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) 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.