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Rep. Tim Walberg’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 7th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Walberg’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 Walberg’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Competitive House Seats

Of the 284 bills that Walberg cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 2 others)

Walberg 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 Walberg’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 5 others)

Walberg introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2747: Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal ...; H.R. 3534: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (88th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Walberg’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. 250: Expressing support for prayer at ...; H.R. 1304: Flexibility to Farm Act; H.R. 3633: Protecting Health Care Providers from ...; H.R. 5169: Senior Executive Service Accountability Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 9 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Walberg’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. 3493: Servicemembers Transition Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 21st 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 Walberg’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 45th most bills compared to House Republicans

Walberg cosponsored 284 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 Michigan Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (48th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Walberg introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3534: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 5169: Senior Executive Service Accountability Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Walberg tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 44% of Walberg’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 Walberg’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (36th percentile); Competitive House Seats (66th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Walberg introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Walberg missed 1.7% of votes (20 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Walberg’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (36th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Walberg’s bills and resolutions had 168 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 Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (41st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 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.