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Rep. Steve Womack’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Arkansas's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Womack’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 Womack’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.

 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Womack held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Womack’s Profile »

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 111 bills that Womack cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 32nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Womack cosponsored 111 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 House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 39th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Womack introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Got the 60th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Womack’s bills and resolutions had 59 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 House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 50th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 32 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Womack’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Womack caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all House Republicans (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 58 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Womack introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Con.Res. 128: Establishing the congressional budget for ...

Compare to all House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Womack introduced 0 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.

Compare to all 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

1 of Womack’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. 7191: Bipartisan Budget and Appropriations Reform ...

Compare to all House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Womack’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. 1373: APPROVAL Act; H.R. 4633: CERTIFY Heroes Act; H.Con.Res. 110: Recognizing the rich history, heritage, ...; H.J.Res. 61: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Womack missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Womack’s Profile »

Compare to all All Representatives (0th 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 Womack supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Womack 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Womack cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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.