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Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr.’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Georgia's 2nd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Bishop’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 Bishop’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Bishop introduced 4 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Georgia Delegation

Bishop cosponsored 345 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 Georgia Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd least often compared to Georgia Delegation (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Bishop supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bishop 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Bishop cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 17th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 51 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 Georgia Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 28th 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 345 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (94th 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 37th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Bishop’s 4 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bishop caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 6719: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Democrats (48th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 538: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park ...; H.R. 6719: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Bishop’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.

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Bishop’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.

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

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


 

Committee Positions

Bishop 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 Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Bishop missed 3.8% of votes (46 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Georgia Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


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.