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Rep. Stephen Fincher’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 8th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Fincher’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 Fincher’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Tennessee Delegation

Fincher missed 4.7% of votes (57 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Fincher’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (74th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 3 others)

2 of Fincher’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.Res. 206: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 1341: Financial Competitive Act of 2013

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 31st least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 224 bills that Fincher cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 47th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Fincher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fincher introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1341: Financial Competitive Act of 2013; H.R. 1779: Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing ...; H.R. 3623: Improving Access to Capital for ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Fincher cosponsored 224 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 Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fincher 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.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Cosponsors

Fincher’s bills and resolutions had 164 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 »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Fincher 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 Fincher’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Fincher tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 33% of Fincher’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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. 3 of Fincher’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. 206: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 3074: IRS Abuse Protection Act of ...; H.R. 4728: Certify It Act of 2014

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fincher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (54th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Fincher introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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 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.