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Rep. Ron Kind’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Kind’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 Kind’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 their bills out of committee the least often compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kind introduced 0 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Kind’s bills and resolutions had 134 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 Wisconsin Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom/follower compared to Wisconsin 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 Kind’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 Kind’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 454 bills that Kind cosponsored, 55% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Kind’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kind caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Kind supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Kind 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Kind cosponsored H.R. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 51st most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Kind missed 8.5% of votes (103 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Kind’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 bicameral support on the 56th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 30 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Kind’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. 2332: AFFIRM Act; H.R. 2853: Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of ...; H.R. 3138: Tribal Tax and Investment Reform ...; H.R. 3598: Migratory Birds of the Americas ...; H.R. 4226: Veterans Access to Care Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 78th most bills compared to All Representatives

Kind cosponsored 454 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 Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Kind 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 Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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

Kind introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Kind’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.Res. 435: Recognizing the millions of youth ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (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 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.