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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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation the most bills out of 13 52
413 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans the most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 15th most bills out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 15th most bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

the most supportive among House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Jones supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

Sponsored: H.R. 150: No Political Funds for Personal ...

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 ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
North Carolina Delegation 2nd most supportive out of 13 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans the most supportive out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 5th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 5th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd lowest % of bills among 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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
North Carolina Delegation 2nd lowest % of bills out of 6 11
75% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 46th lowest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 30th lowest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 74th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 77th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
North Carolina Delegation 3rd most bipartisan out of 13 7
32% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 55th most bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 8th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 108th most bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 126th most 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

16th 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 Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
North Carolina Delegation 4th most conservative out of 13
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Serving 10+ Years 16th most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 63rd most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 60th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 63rd most conservative out of 440
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Bills Out of Committee

34th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 16 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jones introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation 2nd most bills out of 13 0
11 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 20th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 33rd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 32nd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 34th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

33rd fewest bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
6 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 55th fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 78th fewest bills (tied w/ 86) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 95th fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

49th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 9 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 6
27 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 32nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 28th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 46th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 49th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

63rd fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
North Carolina Delegation 6th most cosponsors out of 13 38
355 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 63rd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 109th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 167th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 194th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

101st worst score among House Republicans

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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
North Carolina Delegation 7th worst score out of 13
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Serving 10+ Years 78th worst score out of 169
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House Republicans 101st worst score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 185th worst score out of 385
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All Representatives 218th worst score out of 440
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Missed Votes

120th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 5 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
North Carolina Delegation 4th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 59th most absent (tied w/ 4) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 112th most absent (tied w/ 5) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 120th most absent (tied w/ 5) 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.

 

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. 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 Jones’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
North Carolina Delegation lowest score along with 6 others out of 13 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 27) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats lowest score along with 139 others out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation fewest bills along with 6 others out of 13 0
3 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 38) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 109 others out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation fewest bills along with 11 others out of 13 0
1 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others 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.