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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Virginia Delegation

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 (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked most politically left 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 2019 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 (23rd percentile); House Democrats (31st percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 1,187 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (93rd percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 582: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 865: Rebuild America’s Schools Act of ...; H.R. 873: Transformation to Competitive Employment Act; H.R. 1097: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; H.R. 1230: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...; H.R. 2474: Protecting the Right to Organize ...; H.R. 3953: Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release ...; H.R. 4397: Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention ...; H.R. 4674: College Affordability Act; H.R. 4967: Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

11 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 66: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 582: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 865: Rebuild America’s Schools Act of ...; H.R. 873: Transformation to Competitive Employment Act; H.R. 934: Health Benefits for Miners Act ...; H.R. 1230: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...; H.R. 1364: Child Care for Working Families ...; H.R. 2474: Protecting the Right to Organize ...; H.R. 2574: Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act; H.R. 2851: Fairness and Accuracy in Employment ...; H.R. 4674: College Affordability Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 13th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Scott missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (15th 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.


 

Ranked the 17th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 7 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 582: Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 865: Rebuild America’s Schools Act of ...; H.R. 934: Health Benefits for Miners Act ...; H.R. 1230: Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination ...; H.R. 2474: Protecting the Right to Organize ...; H.R. 2574: Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act; H.R. 4674: College Affordability Act

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 33rd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

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 (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 79th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 219 bills that Scott cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (18th 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, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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 18 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Scott’s 18 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scott caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (45th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.