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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 11th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Frelinghuysen’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 Frelinghuysen’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.

 

Bills Introduced

the fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation; tied with 1 other

Frelinghuysen introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 5
33 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 54th fewest bills (tied w/ 26) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among New Jersey Delegation; tied with 1 other

Frelinghuysen’s bills and resolutions had 22 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
New Jersey Delegation the fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 12 22
888 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 26th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 3) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 35th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 5) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 45th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 5) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation

Frelinghuysen cosponsored 105 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 12 59
259 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 31st fewest bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 56th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 62nd fewest bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

4th fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation; tied with 4 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Frelinghuysen introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2685: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 12 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 49th most bills (tied w/ 44) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 90th most bills (tied w/ 122) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

22nd most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 7 others

Frelinghuysen missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Frelinghuysen’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
New Jersey Delegation 4th most voting out of 12 0
23% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most voting (tied w/ 7) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 64th most voting (tied w/ 13) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 74th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

31st most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 105 bills that Frelinghuysen cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
New Jersey Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 12 8
45% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 84th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 31st most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 165th most bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 196th most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Committee Positions

54th highest score among All Representatives; tied with 14 others

Frelinghuysen held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Frelinghuysen’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
New Jersey Delegation 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 12 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 50th highest score (tied w/ 7) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 33rd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 51st highest score (tied w/ 12) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 54th highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Frelinghuysen’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 12 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 76) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 93) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Frelinghuysen’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 12 0
5 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 38) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 109 others out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Frelinghuysen 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation fewest bills along with 7 others out of 12 0
1 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Frelinghuysen supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Frelinghuysen 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
New Jersey Delegation least supportive along with 5 others out of 12 0
3 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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.