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Rep. William Owens’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from New York's 21st District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Owens’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Owens’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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

0 of Owens’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to New York Delegation

Owens’s bills and resolutions had 67 cosponsors in the 113th 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 New York Delegation (7th percentile); Competitive House Seats (14th percentile); House Democrats (17th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom follower compared to New York 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Owens’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (16th percentile); House Democrats (23rd percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Owens’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. 1608: Cody Miller Initiative for Safer ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (15th percentile); Competitive House Seats (20th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th 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 264 bills that Owens cosponsored, 53% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (96th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to House Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Owens’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all New York Delegation (74th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th highest % of bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 53% of Owens’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); Competitive House Seats (74th percentile); House Democrats (88th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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. Owens introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3609: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Competitive House Seats (39th percentile); House Democrats (58th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Owens 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 Owens’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Owens cosponsored 264 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 New York Delegation (26th percentile); Competitive House Seats (39th percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Owens introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Owens supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Owens 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Owens introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Competitive House Seats (39th percentile); House Democrats (50th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Owens missed 1.6% of votes (19 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Owens’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (26th percentile); Competitive House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


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 the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.