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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Frelinghuysen’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 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

Frelinghuysen introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the fewest bills out of 12 6
44 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 38th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among New Jersey Delegation

Frelinghuysen’s bills and resolutions had 22 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
New Jersey Delegation the fewest cosponsors out of 12 22
1,242 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 10th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 20th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

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

0 of Frelinghuysen’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 0
20 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 59) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation

Frelinghuysen cosponsored 145 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 12 109
448 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th fewest bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 41st fewest bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 49th fewest bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation; tied with 1 other

Frelinghuysen tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Frelinghuysen’s 6 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 1
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Republicans 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 52nd fewest bills (tied w/ 47) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

3rd fewest bills among New Jersey Delegation; tied with 2 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 894: To extend the authorization of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 12 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 48th fewest bills (tied w/ 60) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

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

Frelinghuysen introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 12 0
7 View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Missed Votes

26th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Frelinghuysen missed 1.1% of votes (14 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Frelinghuysen’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
New Jersey Delegation 3rd most voting out of 12 0
19% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 26th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 97th most voting (tied w/ 9) out of 432 0
29% 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

35th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 145 bills that Frelinghuysen cosponsored, 21% 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 12
41% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 87th least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 35th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 198th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% 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

53rd highest score among All Representatives; tied with 16 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 49th highest score (tied w/ 9) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 32nd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 53rd highest score (tied w/ 16) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

82nd most bills among All Representatives; tied with 54 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Frelinghuysen introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 894: To extend the authorization of ...; H.R. 2685: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...; H.R. 5293: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New Jersey Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 12 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 35th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Frelinghuysen supported any of 40 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 the least supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 12 0
4 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 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 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.