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Rep. William Keating’s 2017 Report Card

Representative from Massachusetts's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


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

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Keating’s bills and resolutions had 74 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 Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

4 of Keating’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.Res. 207: Expressing the continued support of ...; H.R. 665: Airport Perimeter and Access Control ...; H.R. 3135: Community Flood Insurance Savings Act ...; H.Con.Res. 52: Expressing the sense of Congress ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Keating’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 Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Keating tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Keating’s 10 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (11th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom follower compared to Massachusetts 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 Keating’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Massachusetts Delegation

Keating missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Keating’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 3rd fewest bills compared to Massachusetts Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Keating introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Ranked 91st most liberal compared to All Representatives

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 Keating’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (46th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 98th most bills compared to All Representatives

Keating cosponsored 263 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 Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 103rd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 263 bills that Keating cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (55th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Keating introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 665: Airport Perimeter and Access Control ...; H.R. 1157: To clarify the United States ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Keating 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 Keating’s Profile »

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Keating supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Keating 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Keating cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Massachusetts Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Keating 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 Massachusetts Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (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.


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.