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Rep. Steny Hoyer’s 2017 Report Card

House Minority Whip
Representative from Maryland's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Hoyer’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Hoyer is busy being Minority Whip, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Hoyer’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to House Democrats

Hoyer introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 1059: Russia Sanctions Review Act of ...; H.J.Res. 76: Granting the consent and approval ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Maryland Delegation

Hoyer cosponsored 60 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 Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Democrats (1st percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least oftenn compared to Maryland Delegation (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Hoyer supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hoyer 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hoyer cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hoyer introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1059: Russia Sanctions Review Act of ...; H.Con.Res. 36: Authorizing the use of the ...; H.J.Res. 76: Granting the consent and approval ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Got the 45th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Hoyer’s bills and resolutions had 71 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Maryland Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Introduced the 41st fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 19 others)

Hoyer introduced 4 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 60 bills that Hoyer cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Hoyer’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. 1059: Russia Sanctions Review Act of ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Hoyer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Hoyer’s 4 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hoyer missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Hoyer’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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.


 

Committee Positions

Hoyer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Hoyer’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Hoyer’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 526: Congratulating the National Federation of ...; H.R. 1059: Russia Sanctions Review Act of ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (44th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.