An unqualified success

Rep. Robert E. Andrews, a New Jersey Democrat, is leaving Congress to go practice law again. The Washington Post decided to send him off with a bit of snark:

Only four of Andrews’ hundreds of bills have ever passed the House of Representatives. But none of them passed the Senate, so none made it to the president’s desk.

Even in Congress, where the vast majority of bills fail, that is an unusually awful batting average. By those numbers, Andrews would be America’s least successful lawmaker of the past two decades.

Au contraire, Posties. Andrews should be counted among America’s most successful lawmakers, simply because he managed to concoct no ill-advised regulations, no new entitlements, no additions whatsoever to the Federal Register, in his 23 years in the House. This record, I submit, is enviable, and I would love to see his fellow Democrats — and, yes, even the Republicans — follow his example in years to come.

(Via Bill Quick.)


  1. McGehee »

    8 February 2014 · 8:56 am


  2. Tatyana »

    8 February 2014 · 9:08 am

    Hear, hear!

  3. Brett »

    8 February 2014 · 9:44 am

    I would rate him higher except that he did propose hundreds of bills.

  4. John Salmon »

    8 February 2014 · 12:02 pm

    Andrews is from a South Jersey district not far from me. He was thought of as something of a wunderkind when first elected, but has been involved in scandals aplenty, and has the good/bad legislative record the Post mentioned. He’s likely to be replaced by a relative of a Democratic party boss.

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