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Rep. Scott Perry’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Perry’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Perry’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 Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 123 bills that Perry cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Perry introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 366: DHS SAVE Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (82nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Perry cosponsored 123 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (12th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Perry’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (24th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

5 of Perry’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 366: DHS SAVE Act; H.R. 1258: HSA Technical Corrections Act; H.R. 1351: Strengthening Oversight of TSA Employee ...; H.R. 2120: Buses United for Safety, Regulatory ...; H.R. 2273: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (82nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the 59th bottom/follower compared to House Republicans

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Perry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (24th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Perry introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 366: DHS SAVE Act; H.R. 1258: HSA Technical Corrections Act; H.R. 1351: Strengthening Oversight of TSA Employee ...; H.R. 2468: Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (76th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 96th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Perry’s bills and resolutions had 55 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked 104th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Perry’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Perry introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (59th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 Perry’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 Pennsylvania 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.


 

Committee Positions

Perry 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 Perry’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (41st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Perry missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Perry’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (53rd percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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 Perry supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Perry 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (18th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) 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.