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Sen. Shelley Capito’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from West Virginia's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Capito’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her 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 Capito’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 the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capito’s bills and resolutions had 436 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 Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

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

3 of Capito’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. 1830: Accelerating the End of Breast ...; H.R. 3067: No Obamacare Subsidies for Members ...; H.Con.Res. 59: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th least often compared to Competitive House Seats

Of the 133 bills that Capito cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Was 6th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Capito missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); All Representatives (5th 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.


 

Ranked 8th most conservative compared to Competitive House Seats

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 Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capito cosponsored 133 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 Competitive House Seats (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 55% of Capito’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (61st percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 24th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Capito introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Capito introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capito introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Capito’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 Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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

Capito 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 Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Capito supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Capito 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.