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Rep. Sean Duffy’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 7th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Duffy’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 Duffy’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 Wisconsin Delegation

Of the 158 bills that Duffy cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Duffy cosponsored 158 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 Wisconsin Delegation (12th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least oftenn compared to Wisconsin Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Duffy supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Duffy 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Duffy cosponsored H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (12th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Duffy’s bills and resolutions had 141 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 Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (31st 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. Duffy introduced 17 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 418: Urging the Secretary of the ...; H.Res. 460: Requesting the Secretary of the ...; H.R. 657: Follow the Rules Act; H.R. 2874: 21st Century Flood Reform Act; H.R. 3042: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection ...; H.R. 3746: Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform ...; H.R. 3861: Federal Insurance Office Reform Act ...; H.R. 3948: Protection of Source Code Act; H.R. 4015: Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency ...; H.R. 4258: Family Self-Sufficiency Act; H.R. 4537: International Insurance Standards Act of ...; H.R. 5051: Public Company Registration Threshold Act; H.R. 5534: GUIDE Compliance Act; H.R. 5756: To require the Securities and ...; H.R. 5793: Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration ...; H.R. 6745: ACCESS Rural America Act; H.R. 6784: Manage our Wolves Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 18th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Duffy introduced 34 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Duffy’s 34 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Duffy caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Duffy introduced 3 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. 657: Follow the Rules Act; H.R. 3042: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection ...; H.R. 4258: Family Self-Sufficiency Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Duffy’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. 5793: Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th 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 Duffy’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.Res. 418: Urging the Secretary of the ...; H.R. 657: Follow the Rules Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Duffy 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 Duffy’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Duffy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Duffy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Duffy missed 3.6% of votes (44 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Duffy’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (43rd percentile); All Representatives (62nd 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.


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.