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Rep. Tim Walberg’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 7th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Walberg’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Michigan Delegation

Walberg introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1109: To amend section 203 of ...; H.R. 5009: Jessie’s Law; H.R. 5041: Safe Disposal of Unused Medication ...; H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Walberg introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Michigan Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Walberg introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 71: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; H.R. 1004: Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017; H.R. 1109: To amend section 203 of ...; H.R. 2664: Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking ...; H.R. 2776: Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act; H.R. 3891: To amend title XIX of ...; H.R. 5009: Jessie’s Law; H.R. 5041: Safe Disposal of Unused Medication ...; H.R. 5174: Energy Emergency Leadership Act; H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Michigan Delegation

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Walberg’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Michigan Delegation

Walberg’s bills and resolutions had 294 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Was 5th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Walberg missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Walberg’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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.Res. 318: Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling ...; H.R. 1554: Jessie’s Law; H.R. 1555: FAIR Act; H.R. 2155: New HOPE Act; H.R. 4066: National Historic Vehicle Register Act ...; H.R. 5009: Jessie’s Law; H.R. 7386: Faster Access to Federal Student ...; H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 201 bills that Walberg cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 15th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Walberg’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

10 of Walberg’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 318: Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling ...; H.R. 1109: To amend section 203 of ...; H.R. 1646: Certainty in Enforcement Act of ...; H.R. 2322: Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill ...; H.R. 2776: Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act; H.R. 3891: To amend title XIX of ...; H.R. 5009: Jessie’s Law; H.R. 5041: Safe Disposal of Unused Medication ...; H.R. 5174: Energy Emergency Leadership Act; H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 26th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Walberg’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Walberg caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Walberg 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 Walberg’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Walberg cosponsored 201 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 (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Walberg supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Walberg 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Walberg cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 115th Congress) 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.