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Rep. Tom McClintock’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover McClintock’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 McClintock’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of McClintock’s 8 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McClintock caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

McClintock introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

McClintock cosponsored 153 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 California Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to California 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 McClintock’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. 3000: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act

Compare to all California Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 1 other)

McClintock missed 2.8% of votes (27 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View McClintock’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th least often compared to California Delegation (tied with 3 others)

3 of McClintock’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 374: Condemning Iranian state-sponsored terrorism and …; H.R. 5217: WOW Act; H.R. 5218: Proven Forest Management Act of …

Compare to all California Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to House Republicans

Of the 153 bills that McClintock cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Got the 38th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

McClintock’s bills and resolutions had 299 cosponsors in the 116th 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 California Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 24 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McClintock introduced 1 bill in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 258: To authorize the Secretary of …

Compare to all California Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McClintock introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 258: To authorize the Secretary of …

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (37th 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.


 

Committee Positions

McClintock 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 McClintock’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.