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Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 3rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 1995 – Jan 3, 2019


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

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to House Republicans

Jones cosponsored 413 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 North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Jones supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jones 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jones sponsored H.R. 150: No Political Funds for Personal ...

Jones cosponsored H.R. 425: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 714: Leadership PAC Limitation Act; H.R. 4177: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Jones tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 30% of Jones’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 413 bills that Jones cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Ranked 16th most conservative compared to 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 Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 34th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jones introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 152: Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act; H.R. 1642: To designate the building utilized ...; H.R. 3449: To amend the Immigration and ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 33rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 28 others)

1 of Jones’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. 3546: Big Cat Public Safety Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (20th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Introduced the 49th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Jones introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Jones 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 Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Jones’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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Jones 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 North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (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.


 

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

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); Safe House Seats (48th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Jones’s bills and resolutions had 109 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 North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Jones missed 3.1% of votes (22 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st 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.


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.