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Rep. Ryan Costello’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Costello’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Costello’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 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Costello’s bills and resolutions had 30 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Costello’s 9 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (12th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Costello supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Costello 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Costello cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (76th percentile); House Sophomores (69th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th 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 239 bills that Costello cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 3 others)

1 of Costello’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.R. 4515: To amend title XXI of ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (18th percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Costello introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 27: Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (18th percentile); House Sophomores (27th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Costello missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Costello’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans

Costello cosponsored 239 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (59th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Costello introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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

Costello introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (41st percentile); House Sophomores (35th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 Costello’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. 2409: To allow servicemembers to terminate ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (24th percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Costello 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 Costello’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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 2017) 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.