He is also House Majority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Hoyer.
Hoyer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Hoyer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Hoyer was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4872: End The Shutdown Act of 2018
- H.J.Res. 76: Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to ...
- H.R. 4120 (113th): To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
- H.J.Res. 62 (111th): Appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundred Eleventh Congress.
- H.J.Res. 58 (111th): Granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington ...
- H.R. 3688 (110th): United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
- H.R. 2852 (110th): To grant a Federal charter to Korean War Veterans Association, Incorporated.
Does 36 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Hoyer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Hoyer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2468: School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act
- H.Res. 143: Electing the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
- H.Con.Res. 19: Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box ...
- H.Res. 120: Honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., ...
- H.Con.Res. 9: Providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from the ...
- H.J.Res. 30: Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of ...
- H.Res. 22: Authorizing the Speaker to administer the oath of office.
As House Majority Leader, Hoyer may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jun 1981 to Jul 2019, Hoyer missed 623 of 22,992 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills