Congressional Report Card

Looking at how effective our congress is. We evaluated all congress-persons from the 113, 114, and 115th sessions up congress gave them a grade based on their relative ranking compared to their peers.

Range breakdowns are as follows:
A range = 8%, B range = 22%, C range = 36%, D = 18%, F = 16% (Note: Average = C grade, A being best, F being worst)

Grades are calculated based on rankings that take into account committee membership, committee leadership, voting alignment (bipartisan voting strategies favored), votes missed (high # of votes missed penalized), bills sponsored, and bills sponsored that passed.
All data was collected from ProPublica's congress API

Created by Abhinav Suri, Katie Jiang, Lutong Cai, and Loujeine Boutar

Christopher H. Smith

Party Republican
Currently in office? Yes
Role
State NJ
Effectiveness Score A
Committees

Committee Rank: 202/530

Committee Chair Rank: 60/88

Committee Code Title Rank in Committee
House Committee on Foreign Affairs HSFA Member 2
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe JCSE Co-Chairman 1
Votes & Bills
% Votes with Party Line 89.76% (113th congress. Rank is 42/537)
88.67% (114th congress. Rank is 51/537)
87.9% (115th congress. Rank is 39/537)
Missed Votes 30 (113th congress. Rank is 171/537)
19 (114th congress. Rank is 165/537)
6 (115th congress. Rank is 453/537)
Bills Sponsored 16 (Bill ranking is 21/537,11/537,537/537)
Bill Information
Bill ID Title Congress Is Active? House Passage Senate Passage Enacted
hr3212-113 To ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries, and for other purposes. 113 house True 2014-07-25 2014-07-16 2014-07-29
hr1897-113 To promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam. 113 house True 2013-08-01 False
hr4511-114 To amend the Veterans' Oral History Project Act to allow the collection of video and audio recordings of biographical histories by immediate family members of members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service during a period of war. 114 house True 2016-09-06 2016-11-15 2016-11-17
hr7-113 To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. 113 house True 2014-01-28 False
hr3212-113 To ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries, and for other purposes. 113 senate True 2014-07-25 2014-07-16 2014-07-29
hconres121-114 Expressing the sense of the Congress condemning the gross violations of international law amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Government of Syria, its allies, and other parties to the conflict in Syria, and asking the President to direct his Ambassador at the United Nations to promote the establishment of a war crimes tribunal where these crimes could be addressed. 114 house True 2016-03-14 False
hres242-113 Relating to the death of the Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg, a Senator from the State of New Jersey. 113 house True 2013-06-03 False
hr4919-114 To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program, and to promote initiatives that will reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism. 114 house True 2016-12-08 False
hr2820-114 To reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, and for other purposes. 114 house True 2015-09-08 2015-12-09 2015-12-18
hr2283-113 To prioritize the fight against human trafficking within the Department of State according to congressional intent in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 without increasing the size of the Federal Government, and for other purposes. 113 house True 2014-07-23 False
hr4631-113 To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism, and for other purposes. 113 senate True 2014-07-31 2014-08-04
hr1567-114 To authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote inclusive, sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations, and for other purposes. 114 house True 2016-04-12 False
hr5656-113 To authorize the Feed the Future Initiative to reduce global poverty and hunger in developing countries on a sustainable basis, and for other purposes. 113 house True 2014-12-10 False
hr592-113 To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that houses of worship are eligible for certain disaster relief and emergency assistance on terms equal to other eligible private nonprofit facilities, and for other purposes. 113 house True 2013-02-13 False
hr1150-114 To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide, and for other purposes. 114 house True 2016-12-13 2016-12-10 2016-12-15
hr515-114 To protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child-sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, and for other purposes. 114 house True 2015-01-26 2015-12-17 2016-02-04