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Sen. Shelley Capito’s 2016 Report Card

Junior Senator from West Virginia
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Capito’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Capito held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Capito cosponsored 278 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 Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Senate Freshmen

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Capito’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Capito’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 372: SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege ...; S. 1190: Ensuring Seniors Access to Local ...; S. 2542: Cradle Act; S. 2786: Rural Access to Hospice Act ...; S. 2823: Steel Industry Preservation Act; S. 2872: NAS Healthy Babies Act; S. 3308: Improving Transparency and Accuracy in ...; S.Res. 316: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 614: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.J.Res. 24: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Senate Freshmen

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 278 bills that Capito cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capito introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1324: Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act ...; S. 2955: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017; S.J.Res. 24: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Capito introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Got the 24th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Capito’s bills and resolutions had 138 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Capito introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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

3 of Capito’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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: S. 1324: Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act ...; S. 2882: Ozone Standards Implementation Act of ...; S.J.Res. 24: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Capito missed 0.8% of votes (4 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (31st percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Capito supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate 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 Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (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 the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.