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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Montana's At-Large District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Daines’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 Daines’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 House Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1672: Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal ...; H.R. 1963: Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower ...; H.R. 2259: North Fork Watershed Protection Act ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...; H.R. 4350: Northern Cheyenne Lands Act; H.R. 4508: To amend the East Bench ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Freshmen the most bills out of 84 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 21st most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 234 0
23 bills View All
Safe House Seats 20th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 397 0
23 bills View All
All Representatives 21st most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 441 0
23 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd lowest % of bills among House Freshmen

Daines tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Daines’s 22 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
House Freshmen 2nd lowest % of bills out of 36 11
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 10th lowest % of bills out of 141 5
100% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 27th lowest % of bills out of 250 0
100% of bills View All
All Representatives 27th lowest % of bills out of 281 0
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Working with the Senate

2nd most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 2 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Daines’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. 2991: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...; H.R. 4420: Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion ...; H.R. 4508: To amend the East Bench ...; H.R. 5052: Lawful Ivory Protection Act of ...; H.R. 5763: To designate the Department of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Freshmen 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 84 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 234 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 397 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 22nd most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 441 0
14 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

5th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Daines introduced 22 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Freshmen 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 84 0
57 bills View All
House Republicans 42nd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 234 0
58 bills View All
Safe House Seats 77th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 397 0
96 bills View All
All Representatives 84th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 441 0
96 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

11th least bipartisan among House Freshmen

Of the 196 bills that Daines cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Freshmen 11th least bipartisan out of 81 3
52% of bills View All
House Republicans 74th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 232 1
42% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 72nd least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 393 1
71% of bills View All
All Representatives 74th 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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

12th most bills among House Freshmen; tied with 9 others

3 of Daines’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. 1672: Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal ...; H.R. 2259: North Fork Watershed Protection Act ...; H.R. 3286: Protecting States, Opening National Parks ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Freshmen 12th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 84 0
6 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
 

Ideology Score

18th most conservative among House Freshmen

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 Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
House Freshmen 18th most conservative out of 84
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House Republicans 102nd most conservative out of 234
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Safe House Seats 97th most conservative out of 397
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All Representatives 102nd most conservative out of 441
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Bills Cosponsored

24th fewest bills among House Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Daines cosponsored 196 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
House Freshmen 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 84 0
675 bills View All
House Republicans 104th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 234 0
615 bills View All
Safe House Seats 121st fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 397 0
805 bills View All
All Representatives 128th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 441 0
805 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

51st worst score among House Republicans

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 Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
House Freshmen 42nd best score out of 84
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House Republicans 51st worst score out of 234
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Safe House Seats 125th worst score out of 397
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All Representatives 141st worst score out of 441
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Cosponsors

52nd fewest cosponsors among House Republicans

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 95 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
House Freshmen 31st fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 84 0
1,535 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 52nd fewest cosponsors out of 234 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 96th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 397 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 108th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 441 0
1,677 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

70th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 6 others

Daines missed 0.8% of votes (10 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
House Freshmen 23rd most voting out of 84 0
15% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 62nd most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 390 0
58% missed votes View All
All Representatives 70th most voting (tied w/ 6) 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.

 

Committee Positions

Daines 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 Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
House Freshmen the highest score (tied w/ 19) out of 84 0
1 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
 

Laws Enacted

Daines 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
House Freshmen fewest bills along with 56 others out of 84 0
2 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 Daines supported any of 12 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Daines 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Freshmen least supportive along with 63 others out of 84 0
4 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.