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Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 3rd District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 1995 – Feb 10, 2019


These statistics cover Jones’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 563 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 (91st percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to House Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Jones supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jones 10 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 …; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; H.R. 5760: Searchable Legislation Act of 2016; H.R. 5759: Readable Legislation Act of 2016

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Jones’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 149: To amend the Federal Election …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); House Republicans (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 563 bills that Jones cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (96th 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 25th most politically right 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (77th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 19 others)

1 of Jones’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 3546: Big Cat Public Safety Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Introduced the 34th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Jones introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Jones introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1642: To designate the building utilized …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jones introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress 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 (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th 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); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Jones’s bills and resolutions had 226 cosponsors in the 114th 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 North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

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 the 114th Congress 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 (53rd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Jones missed 3.9% of votes (52 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.


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 114th Congress) 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.