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Rep. Sam Johnson’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Johnson’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 2nd most laws compared to All Representatives

Johnson introduced 6 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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. 685: American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 2289: To rename section 219(c) of ...; H.R. 5739: No Social Security for Nazis ...; H.J.Res. 103: Providing for the appointment of ...; H.J.Res. 111: Providing for the reappointment of ...; H.J.Res. 117: Providing for the appointment of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).

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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to Texas Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 48% of Johnson’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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.R. 4078: ITIN Reform Act of 2014; H.R. 4531: No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent ...; H.R. 5739: No Social Security for Nazis ...; H.J.Res. 103: Providing for the appointment of ...; H.J.Res. 111: Providing for the reappointment of ...; H.J.Res. 117: Providing for the appointment of ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 160 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 15th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 25th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 29th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 722 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Johnson introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 71st fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Johnson cosponsored 160 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 (25th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Was 83rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Johnson missed 5.7% of votes (69 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Johnson’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.R. 685: American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold ...; H.R. 2027: Expanding Patients’ Access to Quality ...; H.R. 2720: Alexis Agin Identity Theft Protection ...; H.R. 5739: No Social Security for Nazis ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress 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).


 

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 (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 113th Congress) 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.