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Rep. Scott Garrett’s 2016 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 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to New Jersey Delegation

Of the 109 bills that Garrett cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

Garrett cosponsored 109 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); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 26th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Garrett introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress 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; H.R. 3798: Due Process Restoration Act of ...; H.R. 4638: Main Street Growth Act; H.R. 4852: Private Placement Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 5429: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 40th most liberal 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 50th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Garrett introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Wrote the 39th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 39 others)

Garrett introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1524: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6427: Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Garrett’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Garrett supported any of 40 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. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (48th 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 (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Garrett missed 2.2% of votes (29 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Garrett’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 4852: Private Placement Improvement Act of ...; H.R. 5429: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act; H.R. 6427: Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 (21st percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Garrett’s bills and resolutions had 143 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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 114th Congress) 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.