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Rep. Steny Hoyer’s 2019 Report Card

House Majority Leader
Representative from Maryland's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2021


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

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 was busy being House Majority Leader, 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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 45 bills that Hoyer cosponsored, 0% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Maryland Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.Res. 120: Honoring the life, achievements, and ...; H.R. 5430: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; H.Con.Res. 9: Providing for a joint session ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Hoyer cosponsored 45 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); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

1 of Hoyer’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: H.R. 2468: School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (43rd percentile); House Party Leaders (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hoyer introduced 11 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 2: To inform the Senate that ...; H.Res. 3: Authorizing the Speaker to appoint ...; H.Res. 6: Adopting the Rules of the ...; H.Res. 22: Authorizing the Speaker to administer ...; H.Res. 120: Honoring the life, achievements, and ...; H.Res. 143: Electing the Clerk of the ...; H.Res. 635: Expressing the profound sorrow of ...; H.R. 5430: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; H.Con.Res. 9: Providing for a joint session ...; H.Con.Res. 19: Authorizing the use of the ...; H.J.Res. 30: Disapproving the President’s proposal to ...

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (86th percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 16th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Hoyer’s bills and resolutions had 45 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 Maryland Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Hoyer’s 12 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hoyer caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (6th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 21st bottom/follower compared to House Democrats

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 Hoyer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (14th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hoyer introduced 0 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.

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


 

Bills Introduced

Hoyer introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (57th percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

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); House Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Hoyer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (43rd percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hoyer missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Hoyer’s Profile »

Compare to all Maryland Delegation (71st percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (57th 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.


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.