The Real House Leaders in 2014


The website is an excellent resource to see how they voted, and they just came out with a Report Card for 2014. It’s interesting how they graded Republican members of the House on leadership. It’s not about who is in a leadership post or who is a committee chairman. Only 5 out of 20 were chairman of a committee in 2014. It’s also not that it’s only the members who have been members for ten or more years, because only 10 of the 20 are in that category. There are also 2 of the 20 who did not vote for Boehner to be Speaker in 2015.

Below is the explanation from about the methodology and a list of some of the top guns in leadership in the US House.

The idea behind a leadership score is that if X cosponsors Y’s bills but Y does not cosponsor X’s bills, then X is a follower relative to Y being a leader.

These leadership and ideology scores give us a view into Congress that is normally hidden to us. We can’t observe leadership. We’re not there, in Congress, to see it. We’re not in the meetings where you can see relationships form. But those relationships are known to the representatives.

Member Leadership Score
Jeff Miller FL-1 1.00
Ed Royce CA-39 0.96
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen FL-27 0.94
Bob Goodlatte VA-6 0.91
Ted Poe TX-2 0.90
Erik Paulsen MN-3 0.89
Pete Olson TX-22 0.89
Aaron Schock IL-18 0.89
Diane Black TN-6 0.89
Tom Price GA-6 0.88
Chris Smith NJ-4 0.88
Sam Johnson TX-3 0.88
Kevin Brady TX-8 0.88
Ed Whitfield KY-1 0.86
Mark Meadows NC-11 0.85
Pat Tiberi OH-12 0.85
Peter Roskam IL-6 0.85
Trent Franks AZ-8 0.85
Phil Roe TN-1

Bill Posey FL-8 0.84

The ability to write law and get it passed through is one kind of leadership. Unfortunately the members decide who their leader will be based mostly on who they get money from, who can get them connected with campaign contributors, and who does fundraisers for their election, and as Ted Poe says, that’s just the way it is.

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January 20, 2015 12:18 pm

I find it interesting that Ed Royce CA-39 is ranked #2. He’s not my representative so maybe I can be excused for not knowing about him.
It is however good to see SOME Republican leadership qualities coming from dark blue California.

Mike gamecock DeVine
January 20, 2015 7:38 pm

Nice info Pil’. Does my Georgia boy Price get kudos for being a “mere” .88?