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Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Jones’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 366 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 (88th percentile); House Republicans (100th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Jones’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Was most absent in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation

Jones missed 7.7% of votes (55 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd 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 366 bills that Jones cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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.Res. 556: Urging the President of the ...; H.Res. 557: Commending the National Archives and ...; H.R. 4692: To revise the boundaries of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to North Carolina Delegation

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Jones supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Jones 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Jones cosponsored H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 15th 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 2017 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 (91st percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Jones introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Jones introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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); All Representatives (0th 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 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Jones’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Con.Res. 41: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 79 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.