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Rep. Troy Balderson’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 12th District
Republican
Serving Sep 5, 2018 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Balderson’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 Balderson’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.

 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Ohio Delegation

Balderson introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Balderson missed 0.2% of votes (2 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Balderson’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (2nd percentile); All Representatives (5th 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 their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Ohio Delegation (tied with 2 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 2322: Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses …

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Balderson’s bills and resolutions had 97 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 Ohio Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Balderson’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Balderson caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (17th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 27th most bills compared to House Republicans

Balderson cosponsored 343 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 Ohio Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (47th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 78th 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 343 bills that Balderson cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 59th least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 44 others)

1 of Balderson’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.R. 8579: SMART Transportation Act

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Balderson 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. 2322: Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses …

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (35th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Balderson’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. 791: End Government Shutdowns Act; H.R. 7233: Knowing the Efficiency and Efficacy …; H.R. 8322: COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief …

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (40th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Balderson 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 Balderson’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (62nd 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.