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Sen. Shelley Capito’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Capito’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Capito cosponsored 272 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 Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Capito introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 94: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training ...; S. 671: Miners Pension Protection Act; S. 1507: PFAS Release Disclosure and Protection ...; S. 2582: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (90th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 272 bills that Capito cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 14th bottom/follower compared to All Senators

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Capito’s bills and resolutions had 93 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Introduced the 19th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Capito introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 22nd least often compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

2 of Capito’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1507: PFAS Release Disclosure and Protection ...; S. 2555: New River Gorge National Park ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Capito introduced 6 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 94: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training ...; S. 384: A bill to require the ...; S. 671: Miners Pension Protection Act; S. 1507: PFAS Release Disclosure and Protection ...; S. 2582: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; S.Res. 310: A resolution recognizing the semiquincentennial ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 988: Improving Transparency and Accuracy in ...; S. 1190: Rural Access to Hospice Act ...; S. 1522: Broadband Data Improvement Act of ...; S. 2271: AID in Appalachia Act; S. 2273: Appalachian Regional Commission Reauthorization Act; S. 2280: Appalachian Regional Energy Hub Initiative ...; S. 2555: New River Gorge National Park ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (55th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Capito’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Capito caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

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. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (20th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Capito’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (30th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Capito missed 2.6% of votes (11 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Capito’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (65th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.