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Rep. Thomas “Tom” Petri’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 15, 1979 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Petri’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 Petri’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.

 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Petri’s bills and resolutions had 118 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 Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Petri cosponsored 190 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 Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (27th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Was 10th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Petri missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Petri’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th 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 190 bills that Petri cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 26th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 14 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Petri’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. 2082: To authorize and request the ...; H.R. 2353: To amend title 23, United ...; H.R. 3505: TEACH Act; H.R. 4436: Investing in Student Success Act ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 33rd most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 Petri’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Ranked the 48th bottom follower compared to House Republicans

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 Petri’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (31st 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. Petri introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2353: To amend title 23, United ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Petri supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Petri 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Petri introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Petri’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.R. 2353: To amend title 23, United ...; H.R. 2470: Making Work and Marriage Pay ...; H.R. 4834: Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Petri introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Petri 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 Petri’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Petri tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 33% of Petri’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (49th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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.