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Rep. Timothy Bishop’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 1st District
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Bishop’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Bishop’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 influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

4 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1877: To amend the Federal Water ...; H.R. 2909: United States Call Center Worker ...; H.R. 3532: Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions ...; H.Con.Res. 61: Expressing the sense of the ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Bishop missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (4th percentile); Competitive House Seats (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Representatives (13th 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.


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Competitive House Seats

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Competitive House Seats (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 62% of Bishop’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (71st percentile); Competitive House Seats (78th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 43rd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 218 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (81st percentile); Competitive House Seats (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (79th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 80th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Bishop cosponsored 218 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 New York Delegation (63rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Bishop introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (56th percentile); Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Bishop’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. 2909: United States Call Center Worker ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (19th percentile); Competitive House Seats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Bishop 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 Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (30th percentile); Competitive House Seats (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 166 cosponsors in 2013. 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 New York Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (71st percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2013) 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.