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Rep. Trent Franks’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Franks’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 Franks’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

2nd least bipartisan among Arizona Delegation

Of the 259 bills that Franks cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Arizona Delegation 2nd least bipartisan out of 9 5
59% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 107th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 101st least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 108th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

3rd most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 Franks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Arizona Delegation 2nd most conservative out of 9
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Serving 10+ Years 3rd most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 14th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 14th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 14th most conservative out of 440
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Powerful Cosponsors

4th fewest bills among Arizona Delegation; tied with 2 others

3 of Franks’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. 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; H.R. 2922: Adoptive Family Relief Act; H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
11 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 54th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 62nd most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 98th most bills (tied w/ 53) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 105th most bills (tied w/ 64) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

7th highest % of bills among Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 64% of Franks’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd highest % of bills out of 6 5
77% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th highest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 15th highest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 13th highest % of bills out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 17th highest % of bills out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

10th most bills among House Republicans

Franks cosponsored 259 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 4th most bills out of 9 149
599 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd most bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 10th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 74th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 80th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

13th best score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Franks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Arizona Delegation 2nd best score out of 9
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Serving 10+ Years 7th best score out of 169
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House Republicans 12th best score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 12th best score out of 385
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All Representatives 13th best score out of 440
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Government Transparency

13th most supportive among House Republicans; tied with 10 others

GovTrack looked at whether Franks supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Franks 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Arizona Delegation 4th least supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
4 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 37th most supportive (tied w/ 33) out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans 13th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 74th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 79th most supportive (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

14th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 13 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Franks’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.Res. 530: Expressing support for the goals ...; H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of ...; H.R. 788: Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act; H.R. 1540: Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act ...; H.R. 2922: Adoptive Family Relief Act; H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 13th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

32nd most cosponsors among All Representatives

Franks’s bills and resolutions had 491 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Arizona Delegation 3rd most cosponsors out of 9 10
777 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th most cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 20th most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 29th most cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 32nd most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

54th highest score among All Representatives; tied with 14 others

Franks held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Franks’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Arizona Delegation 2nd highest score out of 9 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 50th highest score (tied w/ 7) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 33rd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 51st highest score (tied w/ 12) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 54th highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

59th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 8 others

Franks introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 9 7
32 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 60th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 59th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 99th most bills (tied w/ 20) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 109th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

51st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 45 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Franks introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of ...; H.R. 1073: CIPA

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
4 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th most bills (tied w/ 21) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 49th most bills (tied w/ 37) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 48th most bills (tied w/ 41) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 51st most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

162nd most absent among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

Franks missed 2.4% of votes (17 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Franks’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Arizona Delegation 5th most voting out of 9 0
8% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 79th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 149th most absent (tied w/ 8) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 162nd most absent (tied w/ 9) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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

Franks introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 2922: Adoptive Family Relief Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Arizona Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
1 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats 12th most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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.

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.