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Rep. Will Hurd’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 23rd District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Hurd’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 Hurd’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 10th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Hurd cosponsored 109 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 Texas Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Hurd missed 2.5% of votes (18 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Hurd’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (80th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 7 others)

Hurd introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (25th percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

5 of Hurd’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.R. 2227: MGT Act; H.R. 2454: Department of Homeland Security Data ...; H.R. 2584: National Park Service Legacy Act ...; H.R. 2626: Strong Visa Integrity Secures America ...; H.R. 2627: Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Sophomores (84th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 26th 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 109 bills that Hurd cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (73rd percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hurd introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1428: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; H.R. 2227: MGT Act; H.R. 2454: Department of Homeland Security Data ...; H.R. 2626: Strong Visa Integrity Secures America ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (69th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hurd 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 Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Hurd’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. 2584: National Park Service Legacy Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (34th percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Hurd’s 7 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (50th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (50th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hurd 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 Hurd’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hurd’s bills and resolutions had 90 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 Texas Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (42nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hurd supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hurd 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hurd cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Sophomores (23rd percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (28th 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.