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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.

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

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

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to 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.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to 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.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to 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 »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); All Representatives (22nd 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 35th most often compared to 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 »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Held the 53rd most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

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, ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Frelinghuysen introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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, ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Frelinghuysen supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.