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Rep. Ted Poe’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Poe’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Ranked the 6th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Poe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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 ...; H.R. 5519: Billy’s Law

Compare to all Texas Delegation (94th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Poe’s bills and resolutions had 999 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Texas Delegation (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Poe introduced 42 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 14th most bills compared to House Republicans

Poe cosponsored 340 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 (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

8 of Poe’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 89: Condemning the attack on Iranian ...; H.Res. 620: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 22: Foreign Counterfeit Merchandise Prevention Act; H.R. 637: Preserving American Privacy Act of ...; H.R. 1701: Cutting Costly Codes Act of ...; H.R. 1962: Free Flow of Information Act ...; H.R. 2602: Timely Repatriation Act; H.R. 3082: Ansar al-Sharia Terrorist Designation Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (92nd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (93rd percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 47th 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 340 bills that Poe cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

Held the 47th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 18 others)

Poe 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 Poe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (85th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 62nd 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Poe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Poe introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3530: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Poe introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 3706: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Missed Votes

Poe missed 4.2% of votes (51 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Poe’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (67th percentile); All Representatives (69th 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 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).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Poe tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 36% of Poe’s 42 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (48th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).

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


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 113th Congress) 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.