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Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover O’Halleran’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 O’Halleran’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 their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Arizona Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. O’Halleran introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4032: Gila River Indian Community Federal ...; H.R. 5477: Rural DOCS Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to House Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

6 of O’Halleran’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. 183: Amending the Rules of the ...; H.Res. 876: Supporting the goal of increasing ...; H.R. 2898: RAC Reform Act of 2017; H.R. 4032: Gila River Indian Community Federal ...; H.R. 5477: Rural DOCS Act; H.R. 6728: Native Youth and Tribal Officer ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (90th percentile); House Democrats (74th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 O’Halleran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th 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 330 bills that O’Halleran cosponsored, 44% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (94th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether O’Halleran supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave O’Halleran 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

O’Halleran cosponsored H.R. 2678: ETHICS Act of 2017; H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Was 90th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

O’Halleran missed 1.1% of votes (13 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View O’Halleran’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Freshmen (41st percentile); All Representatives (21st 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

O’Halleran introduced 2 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. 4032: Gila River Indian Community Federal ...; H.R. 5477: Rural DOCS Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

O’Halleran introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (73rd percentile); House Democrats (56th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of O’Halleran’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. 4608: SURVIVE Act; H.R. 6728: Native Youth and Tribal Officer ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Freshmen (55th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of O’Halleran’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party O’Halleran caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (66th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

O’Halleran held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View O’Halleran’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

O’Halleran cosponsored 330 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 Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (72nd percentile); House Democrats (26th percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

O’Halleran’s bills and resolutions had 182 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 Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (64th percentile); House Democrats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (40th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from O’Halleran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Freshmen (48th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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.