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Rep. Shelley Capito’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Capito’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capito’s bills and resolutions had 613 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Capito missed 5.1% of votes (61 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

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

Of the 223 bills that Capito cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (64th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 9th most politically right 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Capito cosponsored 223 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 (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 9 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 4626: SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st 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. 56% of Capito’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 30th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 25th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

6 of Capito’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1830: Accelerating the End of Breast ...; H.R. 3067: No Obamacare Subsidies for Members ...; H.R. 3389: CFPB Slush Fund Elimination Act ...; H.R. 3819: Fairness for Community Job Creators ...; H.R. 4626: SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege ...; H.Con.Res. 59: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capito introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3389: CFPB Slush Fund Elimination Act ...; H.R. 4466: Financial Regulatory Clarity Act of ...; H.R. 5077: Coal Jobs Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Capito introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Capito introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Competitive House Seats (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

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 (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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

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 113th Congress) 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.