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Rep. Steve King’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Iowa's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover King’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.

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 King’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.

 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to House Republicans

King introduced 35 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 30th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

King’s bills and resolutions had 243 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 Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 31st least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 159 bills that King cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 39th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

King cosponsored 159 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 Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Ranked the 45th top leader compared to 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

King 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. King introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of King’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. 185: ObamaCare Repeal Act; H.R. 272: Protect Interstate Commerce Act of ...; H.R. 385: Sarah’s Law; H.R. 490: Heartbeat Protection Act of 2019

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of King’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. 385: Sarah’s Law; H.J.Res. 49: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of King’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party King caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

King 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 King’s Profile »

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


 

Missed Votes

King missed 2.4% of votes (17 of 701 votes) in 2019. View King’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Representatives (60th 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.