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Rep. Tom Reed II’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from New York's 23rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Reed’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 Reed’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.

 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to New York Delegation

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 Reed’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (72nd percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to New York Delegation

Of the 126 bills that Reed cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Competitive House Seats (23rd percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Reed cosponsored 126 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 (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (16th percentile); House Republicans (43rd percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Reed’s bills and resolutions had 275 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 (63rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 7th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

Reed missed 4.1% of votes (26 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Reed’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (72nd 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 65% of Reed’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all New York Delegation (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (89th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Reed introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 19th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 19 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Reed’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. 606: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 1787: Rural Hospital Access Act of ...; H.R. 2302: Hospice Evaluation and Legitimate Payment ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 67th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Reed’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Competitive House Seats (84th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Reed 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); House Republicans (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Reed 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); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Reed’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. 948: Standard DATA Act of 2013; H.R. 2996: Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Competitive House Seats (63rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Reed 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 Reed’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Reed supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Reed 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); 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 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.