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Rep. Ted Poe’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Poe’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Poe’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 2nd most bills compared to House Republicans

Poe introduced 31 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Poe’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. 354: SAFER Act of 2013; H.R. 1078: To make participation in the ...; H.R. 1696: Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act; H.R. 1701: Cutting Costly Codes Act of ...; H.R. 2805: End Sex Trafficking Act of ...; H.R. 3530: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...; H.R. 3706: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 16th most bills compared to House Republicans

Poe cosponsored 215 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 Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Poe’s bills and resolutions had 563 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Texas Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Poe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 21st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

5 of Poe’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 89: Condemning the attack on Iranian ...; H.R. 22: Foreign Counterfeit Merchandise Prevention Act; H.R. 637: Preserving American Privacy Act of ...; H.R. 1962: Free Flow of Information Act ...; H.R. 2602: Timely Repatriation Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 37th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 215 bills that Poe cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th 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.


 

Ranked 56th most conservative compared to All Representatives

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Poe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 105th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Poe missed 4.4% of votes (28 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Poe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (75th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Poe introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Poe supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Poe 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Poe cosponsored H.R. 96: Cameras in the Courtroom Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Poe introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Poe tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 45% of Poe’s 31 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Poe held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Poe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.