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Rep. Spencer Bachus III’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Bachus’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 Bachus’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

the most bills among Alabama Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bachus introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2446: Responsible Consumer Financial Protection Regulations ...; H.R. 2542: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of ...; H.R. 5421: Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation the most bills out of 7 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 29th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 177 0
23 bills View All
House Republicans 54th most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 234 0
23 bills View All
Safe House Seats 54th most bills (tied w/ 35) out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives 59th most bills (tied w/ 40) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

the most bills among Alabama Delegation

3 of Bachus’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. 2542: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of ...; H.R. 5421: Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of ...; H.J.Res. 47: Proposing an amendment to the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation the most bills out of 7 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 177 0
27 bills View All
House Republicans 72nd most bills (tied w/ 33) out of 234 0
27 bills View All
Safe House Seats 128th most bills (tied w/ 52) out of 397 0
27 bills View All
All Representatives 139th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 441 0
27 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

the most bills among Alabama Delegation

Bachus cosponsored 231 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation the most bills out of 7 101
231 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 78th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 177 0
805 bills View All
House Republicans 91st most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 234 0
615 bills View All
Safe House Seats 179th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 190th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

3rd highest score among Alabama Delegation; tied with 1 other

Bachus 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. 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 Bachus’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Alabama Delegation 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 7 0
2 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 36th lowest score (tied w/ 90) out of 177 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 42nd highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 234 0
10 points View All
Safe House Seats 61st highest score (tied w/ 179) out of 397 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 66th highest score (tied w/ 194) out of 441 0
10 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

38th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 5 others

Bachus introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 2
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 38th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 177 0
67 bills View All
House Republicans 58th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 234 0
58 bills View All
Safe House Seats 93rd fewest bills (tied w/ 19) out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 96th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

62nd fewest cosponsors among House Republicans

Bachus’s bills and resolutions had 103 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Alabama Delegation 4th fewest cosponsors out of 7 5
312 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 48th fewest cosponsors out of 177 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 62nd fewest cosponsors out of 234 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest cosponsors out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 124th fewest cosponsors out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

65th most bipartisan among House Republicans; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 231 bills that Bachus cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Alabama Delegation 2nd most bipartisan out of 7 7
33% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 53rd least bipartisan out of 176 2
71% of bills View All
House Republicans 65th most bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 232 1
42% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 162nd least bipartisan out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 168th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 437 1
71% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

70th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 4 others

Bachus missed 2.6% of votes (31 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Bachus’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Alabama Delegation 3rd most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 7 1
9% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 70th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 172 0
58% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 188th most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 203rd most absent (tied w/ 7) out of 434 0
58% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Bachus’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.J.Res. 47: Proposing an amendment to the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation most bills along with 2 others out of 7 0
1 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 177 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 57th fewest bills (tied w/ 62) out of 234 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 92nd fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 397 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 101st fewest bills (tied w/ 104) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Bachus 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 7 0
1 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 110 others out of 177 0
9 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 135 others out of 234 0
9 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 258 others out of 397 0
9 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 285 others out of 441 0
9 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Alabama Delegation least supportive along with 6 others out of 7 0
0 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 140 others out of 177 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 200 others out of 234 0
9 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 315 others out of 397 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 353 others out of 441 0
9 points View All

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.

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.