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Rep. Scott Garrett’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Garrett’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 Garrett’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.

 

Ranked most conservative compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 132 bills that Garrett cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Garrett supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Garrett 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Garrett cosponsored H.R. 760: Readable Legislation Act of 2013

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to New Jersey Delegation

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 Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Garrett introduced 8 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1062: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act; H.R. 1256: Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act; H.R. 1458: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1872: Budget and Accounting Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2767: Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners ...; H.R. 4387: FSOC Transparency and Accountability Act; H.R. 4569: Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act ...; H.R. 4570: Private Placement Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Was 35th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Garrett missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (30th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 29th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

7 of Garrett’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. 41: Hurricane Sandy relief bill; H.R. 104: Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act ...; H.R. 1062: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act; H.R. 1872: Budget and Accounting Transparency Act ...; H.R. 2767: Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners ...; H.R. 3482: Restoring Main Street Investor Protection ...; H.R. 4569: Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 40th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Garrett cosponsored 132 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 New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 50th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Garrett introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Garrett introduced 1 bill 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. 41: Hurricane Sandy relief bill

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Garrett’s bills and resolutions had 310 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 New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Garrett 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 Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Garrett tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Garrett’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (60th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Garrett’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. 3482: Restoring Main Street Investor Protection ...; H.R. 5502: FAIR Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


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.