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Rep. Roger Williams’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 25th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Williams’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 Williams’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.

 

Was 5th most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Williams missed 1.3% of votes (16 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Williams’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); All Representatives (26th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 3 others)

1 of Williams’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.

Those bills were: H.J.Res. 73: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Williams’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.J.Res. 73: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th fewest bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Williams’s 14 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Williams caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 49th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 181 bills that Williams cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (14th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 69th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 28 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Williams introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1264: Community Financial Institution Exemption Act; H.R. 3626: Bank Service Company Examination Coordination ...; H.R. 4324: Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (28th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 106th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Williams cosponsored 181 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 Texas Delegation (36th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Ranked the 108th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Williams’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Williams introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (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

Williams introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Williams held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Williams’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Williams’s bills and resolutions had 291 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 Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Williams 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 Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 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.