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Rep. Bob Dold’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 10th District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Dold’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Dold’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 212 bills that Dold cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Dold introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Competitive House Seats (42nd percentile); House Sophomores (25th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 2 others)

1 of Dold’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 154: Calling on the President to ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (31st percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Dold’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 962: Startup Act; H.R. 1480: SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege ...; H.R. 2809: Great Lakes Water Protection Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (75th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Cosponsored the 35th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Dold cosponsored 212 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (69th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Dold introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1480: SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Dold held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Dold’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Dold introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Dold supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Dold 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Dold’s bills and resolutions had 91 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Sophomores (36th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Dold missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Dold’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Competitive House Seats (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.