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Rep. Tom Reed II’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 663: Rural Hospital Access Act of ...; H.R. 1178: Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments ...; H.R. 1427: Medicare CGM Access Act of ...; H.R. 1549: Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act; H.R. 2657: POWER Act; H.R. 3110: National Disaster Tax Relief Act ...; H.R. 3591: Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Competitive House Seats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Reed’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Reed introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (85th percentile); Competitive House Seats (96th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

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 2015 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 (62nd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

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

Of the 154 bills that Reed cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (7th percentile); Competitive House Seats (31st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).

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


 

Was 5th most present in votes compared to New York Delegation

Reed missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Reed’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Competitive House Seats (22nd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation

Reed cosponsored 154 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 (19th percentile); Competitive House Seats (36th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Reed’s bills and resolutions had 695 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (93rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (98th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 18th highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 64% of Reed’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all New York Delegation (83rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Reed introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through 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 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Reed’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1178: Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments ...; H.R. 1179: Preserving the Work Requirement for ...; H.R. 1427: Medicare CGM Access Act of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (52nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (67th percentile); House Republicans (65th 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 28 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 2015) 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.