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Rep. Scott DesJarlais’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover DesJarlais’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 DesJarlais’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Tennessee Delegation

Of the 217 bills that DesJarlais cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of DesJarlais’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 Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of DesJarlais’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.

Those bills were: H.R. 2634: To designate the Mental Health ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 28th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 21 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of DesJarlais’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party DesJarlais caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 28th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 26 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 443: James K. Polk Presidential Home ...; H.R. 2634: To designate the Mental Health ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

DesJarlais introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got the 49th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

DesJarlais’s bills and resolutions had 49 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 Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

DesJarlais introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (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.


 

Committee Positions

DesJarlais 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 DesJarlais’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

DesJarlais cosponsored 217 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 Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

DesJarlais missed 4.3% of votes (52 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View DesJarlais’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether DesJarlais supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave DesJarlais 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

DesJarlais cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 4887: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 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.