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Rep. Sam Graves’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Missouri's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Graves’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Graves’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.

 

Bills Introduced

the most bills among Missouri Delegation

Graves introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation the most bills out of 8 1
16 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 47th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 45th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 74th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 81st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd fewest bills among Missouri Delegation

Graves cosponsored 146 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation 2nd fewest bills out of 8 132
175 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 123rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 133rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 152nd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

3rd least supportive among Missouri Delegation; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Graves supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Graves 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 690: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Missouri Delegation 3rd least supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 8 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st least supportive (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans 24th most supportive (tied w/ 52) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 146th most supportive (tied w/ 81) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 157th most supportive (tied w/ 94) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

3rd fewest bills among Missouri Delegation; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Graves’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. 1062: Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 8 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th highest % of bills among Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 63% of Graves’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 17th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 15th highest % of bills out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 21st highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

15th best score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Graves’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Missouri Delegation the best score out of 8
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Serving 10+ Years 8th best score out of 169
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House Republicans 14th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 14th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 15th best score out of 440
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Cosponsors

18th most cosponsors among All Representatives

Graves’s bills and resolutions had 626 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Missouri Delegation the most cosponsors out of 8 8
626 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 10th most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 17th most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 18th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Ideology Score

20th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Graves’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Missouri Delegation 3rd most liberal out of 8
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Serving 10+ Years 20th most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 94th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 88th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 94th most conservative out of 440
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

27th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 146 bills that Graves cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Missouri Delegation 4th most bipartisan out of 8 4
30% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 101st least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 96th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 102nd least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

29th most absent among All Representatives

Graves missed 8.0% of votes (56 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Graves’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Missouri Delegation 3rd most absent out of 8 1
12% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most absent out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 29th most absent out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 29th most absent out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

62nd fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 30 others

2 of Graves’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1062: Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2; H.R. 1528: End Discriminatory State Taxes for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation 3rd most bills out of 8 0
4 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 62nd fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 152nd most bills (tied w/ 69) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Graves introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 8 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 75 others out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 172 others out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Graves 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. 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 Graves’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Missouri Delegation highest score along with 4 others out of 8 0
1 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th lowest score (tied w/ 83) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Graves introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Missouri Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 8 0
3 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 2015) 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.