Oct 23, 2023 - Politics & Policy

How the GOP's House speaker candidates rank on legislative wins

Speaker candidates' legislative activity
Data: Quorum; Table: Simran Parwani/Axios

On the heels of two failed House speaker nominees, eight Republicans with varied experience levels are making their pitch Monday for why they should be next in line.

Why it matters: The next speaker will need to navigate another looming government shutdown and respond to the White House's $106 billion emergency funding request to aid Israel and Ukraine as well as bolster border security.

By the numbers: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has the most congressional experience of the group, serving 13 terms. He has also sponsored the most legislation — 136 bills over his career, according to data compiled by Quorum.

  • In proportion to their time in office, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) have been the most productive.
  • Donalds has sponsored 49 bills in two terms, while Emmer has sponsored 97 bills over five.
  • Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) has had the most success in getting his bills through the House, with 19% of bills he sponsored making it out of the chamber.
  • Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) had seen the greatest share of his sponsored bills become law — 6.5%.

What's next: Republicans start voting on Tuesday to pick a speaker nominee.

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