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Rep. Scott Tipton’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Tipton’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Colorado Delegation

7 of Tipton’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1457: MOBILE Act of 2017; H.R. 2287: Bureau of Land Management Headquarters ...; H.R. 2907: Planning for American Energy Act ...; H.R. 4302: Congressional Accountability for Emergency Lending ...; H.R. 5171: Ski Area Fee Retention Act; H.R. 5859: Education and Energy Act of ...; H.R. 6344: LOCAL Act of 2018

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tipton introduced 17 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 698: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; H.R. 1116: TAILOR Act of 2017; H.R. 1457: MOBILE Act of 2017; H.R. 2278: Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 2768: Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation ...; H.R. 2907: Planning for American Energy Act ...; H.R. 2939: Water Rights Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4302: Congressional Accountability for Emergency Lending ...; H.R. 4545: Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and ...; H.R. 4609: West Fork Fire Station Act ...; H.R. 5171: Ski Area Fee Retention Act; H.R. 5859: Education and Energy Act of ...; H.R. 6158: Brokered Deposit Affiliate-Subsidiary Modernization Act ...; H.R. 6216: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6217: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6332: Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons ...; H.R. 6682: Protection and Transparency for Adjacent ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 1528: Native American Indian Education Act; H.R. 2287: Bureau of Land Management Headquarters ...; H.R. 2768: Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation ...; H.R. 4609: West Fork Fire Station Act ...; H.R. 4642: Veterans Improved Access and Care ...; H.R. 6025: Law Enforcement Protection Act; H.R. 6965: Mancos Water Conservancy District Conveyance ...; H.R. 7226: Good Samaritan Remediation of Orphan ...; H.J.Res. 71: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Tipton introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Tipton introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 698: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; H.R. 1457: MOBILE Act of 2017; H.R. 4609: West Fork Fire Station Act ...; H.R. 6216: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6217: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (86th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th 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 28th most bills compared to House Republicans

Tipton cosponsored 313 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 (43rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Ranked 54th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Tipton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (71st percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 68th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 10 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Tipton’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Tipton caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 111th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tipton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (57th percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

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 (0th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 313 bills that Tipton cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Tipton’s bills and resolutions had 304 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Colorado Delegation (43rd percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Tipton missed 1.7% of votes (21 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Tipton’s Profile »

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); All Representatives (34th 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 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Tipton 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Tipton cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Colorado Delegation (29th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 115th Congress) 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.