skip to main content

Rep. Steve Scalise’s 2019 Report Card

House Minority Whip
Representative from Louisiana's 1st District
Republican
Serving May 7, 2008 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Scalise’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 Scalise was busy being House Minority Whip, 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 Scalise’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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise cosponsored 55 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 Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Scalise’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 their bills out of committee the least often compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

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

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Louisiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Scalise 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. 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 Scalise’s Profile »

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 55 bills that Scalise cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Scalise introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Scalise’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. 547: Congratulating the Eastbank All-Stars from ...; H.R. 949: Free Speech Fairness Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); 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.


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Scalise’s bills and resolutions had 384 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 Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Scalise’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scalise caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Scalise 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 Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (0th percentile); 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Scalise’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.Res. 639: Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation ...; H.R. 2443: Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act; H.R. 3155: 75th Anniversary of the End ...; H.R. 4294: American Energy First Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (50th percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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 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.