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Rep. Thomas Garrett’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Garrett’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Garrett’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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to House Freshmen

Garrett missed 15.9% of votes (113 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Freshmen (98th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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.


 

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

Garrett 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 Garrett’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Virginia Delegation

Of the 169 bills that Garrett cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Freshmen (31st percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to House Freshmen

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Garrett introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1282: DHS Acquisition Review Board Act ...; H.R. 4553: Terrorist Screening and Targeting Review ...; H.J.Res. 117: Condemning the violence and domestic ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Garrett introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Garrett’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

3 of Garrett’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1282: DHS Acquisition Review Board Act ...; H.R. 4553: Terrorist Screening and Targeting Review ...; H.J.Res. 117: Condemning the violence and domestic ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to House Freshmen

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Garrett’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (79th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Garrett introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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.J.Res. 117: Condemning the violence and domestic ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (73rd percentile); House Freshmen (86th percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Garrett’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.J.Res. 117: Condemning the violence and domestic ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (45th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Garrett cosponsored 169 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 Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Garrett’s bills and resolutions had 120 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Freshmen (71st percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Garrett supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Garrett 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Freshmen (26th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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 2017) 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.