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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Frelinghuysen’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

0 of Frelinghuysen’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Frelinghuysen’s 18 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Frelinghuysen caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Frelinghuysen cosponsored 104 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Frelinghuysen’s bills and resolutions had 17 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (3rd percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Ranked the bottom/follower compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Frelinghuysen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 104 bills that Frelinghuysen cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

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


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Frelinghuysen 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 Frelinghuysen’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Frelinghuysen supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Frelinghuysen 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Frelinghuysen cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Frelinghuysen introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1301: Continuing Appropriations Amendments Act, 2018; H.R. 3672: Making supplemental appropriations for disaster ...; H.R. 4008: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster ...; H.R. 4667: Making further supplemental appropriations for ...; H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for ...; H.J.Res. 123: Making further continuing appropriations for ...; H.J.Res. 143: Making further continuing appropriations for ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Frelinghuysen introduced 13 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 502: Providing for the concurrence by ...; H.Res. 569: H.Res. 569: Providing for the ...; H.R. 1301: Continuing Appropriations Amendments Act, 2018; H.R. 3672: Making supplemental appropriations for disaster ...; H.R. 4008: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster ...; H.R. 4667: Making further supplemental appropriations for ...; H.Con.Res. 53: Providing for a correction in ...; H.Con.Res. 85: Providing for a correction in ...; H.Con.Res. 104: Providing for a correction in ...; H.Con.Res. 116: Providing for a correction in ...; H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for ...; H.J.Res. 123: Making further continuing appropriations for ...; H.J.Res. 143: Making further continuing appropriations for ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Frelinghuysen introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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.Con.Res. 100: Providing for a correction in ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Frelinghuysen missed 2.0% of votes (24 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Frelinghuysen’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.


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 115th Congress) 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.