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Rep. Scott Garrett’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Garrett’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Garrett cosponsored 59 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 (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 59 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); Competitive House Seats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (24th 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 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Garrett tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 22% of Garrett’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to Competitive House Seats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Garrett introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1524: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1525: Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act ...; H.R. 3557: FSOC Transparency and Accountability Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Garrett introduced 18 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 28th most politically left compared to House Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Competitive House Seats (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (11th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Garrett introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1524: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Garrett’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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 New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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. 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. 1524: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1982: Restoring Main Street Investor Protection ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

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); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Garrett’s bills and resolutions had 121 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (48th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Garrett missed 1.6% of votes (11 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Garrett supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Garrett 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


Additional Notes

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.