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Rep. Tom MacArthur’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from New Jersey's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover MacArthur’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 MacArthur’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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation

MacArthur cosponsored 215 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 Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of MacArthur’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. 5767: Fairness for Our Hospitals Act ...

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (30th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to New Jersey Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. MacArthur introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2295: National Energy Security Corridors Act; H.R. 3036: 9/11 Memorial Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (25th percentile); House Freshmen (44th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to House Freshmen (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of MacArthur’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (58th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 15th 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 215 bills that MacArthur cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (75th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 25th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from MacArthur’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (38th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 57 others)

1 of MacArthur’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 3036: 9/11 Memorial Act

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (21st percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

MacArthur 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 MacArthur’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (56th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from MacArthur’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (74th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

MacArthur missed 1.5% of votes (20 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View MacArthur’s Profile »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (55th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

MacArthur introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Cosponsors

MacArthur’s bills and resolutions had 184 cosponsors in the 114th 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 New Jersey Delegation (42nd percentile); House Freshmen (70th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

MacArthur introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether MacArthur supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave MacArthur 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New Jersey Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Republicans (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 the 114th Congress) 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.