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Rep. Sam Johnson’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 3rd District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 1991 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Johnson’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Johnson’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Johnson introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 2289: To rename section 219(c) of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 97 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to Texas Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Johnson introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 62% of Johnson’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (82nd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got the 22nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 553 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 19th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 19 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Johnson’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. 2289: To rename section 219(c) of ...; H.R. 3417: Tax Transparency Act of 2013; H.J.Res. 103: Providing for the appointment of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 32nd most conservative compared to 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (82nd percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 62nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Johnson cosponsored 97 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 (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Johnson’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 685: American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Johnson 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 Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Johnson missed 4.1% of votes (26 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Johnson 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.