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Three Freshmen Lawmakers Make History With Most Bills Passed Through House

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

Oct 31, 2016

Over the course of the 114th Congress the House has been more productive introducing and enacting legislation than the previous three Congresses, with three freshmen legislators standing out. As originally reported in The Hill, Representatives John Katko (R-NY-24), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), and Will Hurd (R-TX-23) have passed more bills through the House in their first term than any other freshmen Member of Congress since 1989.

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Rep. Katko has passed the most bills out of the House of any freshman legislator in the last 27 years. He has passed 13 bills through in his first term, two of which were enacted. As chair of the House Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, many of Katko’s bills focused on his committee’s jurisdiction, including the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act and the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act.

Rep. McSally was second, sponsoring nine bills that passed the House this session, two of which were enacted, including the Border Jobs for Veterans Act. The Arizona Representative chairs the House Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position particularly important to her constituents living along the Mexican border.

Rep. Hurd, who is being challenged by former Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX-23) in an extremely tight race, has passed eight bills out of the House including the recent Modernizing Government Technology Act. As chair of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology, Hurd has been a leader in driving the congressional conversation on cybersecurity policy. He ranks third for the most bills passed through the House and is tied with former Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA-1) and former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ-1).

These three freshmen members have made their mark in Congress and it has not gone unnoticed. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted this week to congratulate the three legislators on their public service.

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In 10 days we will see if the work these legislations have done will lead to reelection. 

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