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Rep. Steve Scalise’s 2020 Report Card

House Minority Whip
Representative from Louisiana's 1st District
Republican
Serving May 7, 2008 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Scalise’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to House Party Leaders

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scalise introduced 0 bills in the 116th Congress 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).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise cosponsored 77 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 (4th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise missed 1.7% of votes (16 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Scalise’s Profile »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Wrote the fewest laws compared to House Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Scalise introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. 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.


 

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 77 bills that Scalise cosponsored, 14% 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 (52nd percentile); House Republicans (1st 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 2nd fewest bills compared to Louisiana Delegation

Scalise introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Louisiana Delegation

3 of Scalise’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 639: Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation ...; H.R. 3155: 75th Anniversary of the End ...; H.R. 4294: American Energy First Act

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Party Leaders (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Got the 21st most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Scalise’s bills and resolutions had 403 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Louisiana Delegation (83rd percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scalise’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Party Leaders (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Ranked 31st most politically left compared to House Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scalise’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (17th percentile); House Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 75th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 25 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Scalise’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scalise caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Louisiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Party Leaders (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.