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Rep. Thomas Massie’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Kentucky's 4th District
Republican
Serving Nov 13, 2012 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Massie’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Massie’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.

 

Missed Votes

the most voting among Kentucky Delegation

Massie missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Massie’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Kentucky Delegation the most voting out of 6 0
7% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 3rd most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
23% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 22nd most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 25th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

the fewest bills among Kentucky Delegation; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Massie’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 6 0
4 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 73 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 109 others out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

2nd fewest bills among Kentucky Delegation; tied with 1 other

1 of Massie’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 86: Safe Students Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 6 0
8 bills View All
House Sophomores 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 55th fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 78th fewest bills (tied w/ 86) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 95th fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

9th fewest bills among House Sophomores

Massie cosponsored 129 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 6 61
210 bills View All
House Sophomores 9th fewest bills out of 73 87
480 bills View All
House Republicans 96th fewest bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 104th fewest bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

14th most cosponsors among House Sophomores

Massie’s bills and resolutions had 321 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Kentucky Delegation 3rd most cosponsors out of 6 0
940 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 14th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 53rd most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 82nd most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 89th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

19th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 7 others

Massie introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 6 4
16 bills View All
House Sophomores 19th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 1
39 bills View All
House Republicans 93rd fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 133rd fewest bills (tied w/ 19) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 156th fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

74th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 129 bills that Massie cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Kentucky Delegation 3rd most bipartisan out of 6 7
26% of bills View All
House Sophomores 23rd least bipartisan out of 73 5
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 74th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 162nd least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 176th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Massie introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation fewest bills along with 2 others out of 6 0
5 bills View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 35 others out of 73 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 172 others out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Massie 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 Massie’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Kentucky Delegation lowest score along with 2 others out of 6 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 46 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 139 others out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Massie introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Kentucky Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 6 0
2 laws View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 62 others out of 73 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Massie supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Massie 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Kentucky Delegation least supportive along with 4 others out of 6 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores least supportive along with 23 others out of 73 0
6 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.