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Rep. Steve Knight’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 25th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Knight’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Knight’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 Sophomores

Knight introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act; H.R. 2333: Small Business Investment Opportunity Act ...; H.R. 3210: Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting ...; H.R. 4254: Women in Aerospace Education Act; H.R. 5707: START Act; H.R. 6330: Small Business Runway Extension Act ...; H.R. 6902: Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (98th percentile); House Sophomores (98th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Knight’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Knight caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (96th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to California Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Knight introduced 12 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act; H.R. 1680: Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act ...; H.R. 2156: Saint Francis Dam Disaster National ...; H.R. 2333: Small Business Investment Opportunity Act ...; H.R. 2763: Small Business Innovation Research and ...; H.R. 3210: Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting ...; H.R. 4254: Women in Aerospace Education Act; H.R. 4376: Department of Energy Research Infrastructure ...; H.R. 5707: START Act; H.R. 6330: Small Business Runway Extension Act ...; H.R. 6599: To modify the application of ...; H.R. 6902: Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (94th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Knight’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. 1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act; H.R. 1890: Workplace Advancement Act; H.R. 2156: Saint Francis Dam Disaster National ...; H.R. 2375: Friendly Airports for Mothers Act ...; H.R. 6330: Small Business Runway Extension Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (81st percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Knight held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Knight’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Knight introduced 30 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (79th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to California Delegation

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Knight’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (87th percentile); House Sophomores (48th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to California Delegation

Of the 244 bills that Knight cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (21st percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 14th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

Knight cosponsored 244 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 California Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Knight’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 3198: FLIGHT R&D Act; H.R. 4254: Women in Aerospace Education Act; H.R. 4376: Department of Energy Research Infrastructure ...; H.R. 6330: Small Business Runway Extension Act ...

Compare to all California Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Knight’s bills and resolutions had 245 cosponsors in the 115th 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 California Delegation (40th percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Knight’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Knight missed 2.4% of votes (29 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Knight’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (53rd percentile); All Representatives (46th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Knight supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Knight 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Knight cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 115th Congress) 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.