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Rep. Scott Tipton’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Colorado's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Tipton’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Tipton’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 Colorado Delegation

Tipton cosponsored 101 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 Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (12th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Colorado Delegation

Of the 101 bills that Tipton cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (16th 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.


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Colorado Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Tipton introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (61st percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 4 others)

4 of Tipton’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 678: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...; H.R. 818: Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire ...; H.R. 1658: Native American Indian Education Act; H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tipton introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 678: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...; H.R. 1394: Planning for American Energy Act ...; H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 19th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 19 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Tipton’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. 678: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...; H.R. 2970: Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned ...; H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Tipton introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 678: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Tipton 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 Tipton’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Tipton’s bills and resolutions had 100 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Tipton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tipton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Tipton missed 2.7% of votes (17 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Tipton’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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 Tipton supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tipton 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) 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.

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