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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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

3rd most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Illinois Delegation 4th most bipartisan out of 18 7
58% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 14th most bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Sophomores 16th most bipartisan out of 73 5
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 3rd most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 62nd most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

4th fewest bills among Illinois Delegation

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th fewest bills out of 18 0
22 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Sophomores 19th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 1
39 bills View All
House Republicans 93rd fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 156th fewest bills (tied w/ 21) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

4th most bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Dold introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 18 0
3 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 73 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

5th fewest bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
6 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 25) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 55th fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 95th fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

6th fewest cosponsors among Illinois Delegation

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Illinois Delegation 6th fewest cosponsors out of 18 0
656 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 26th fewest cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 27th fewest cosponsors out of 73 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 92nd fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 165th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the Senate

7th most bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
6 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 7th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 11th most bills (tied w/ 13) out of 73 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 39th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

18th most absent among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Illinois Delegation 8th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
16% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 18th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 26th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
23% missed votes View All
All Representatives 195th most absent (tied w/ 8) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

35th most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 9th fewest bills out of 18 21
381 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Sophomores 32nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 87
480 bills View All
House Republicans 35th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 144th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Dold’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Illinois Delegation lowest score along with 8 others out of 18 0
1 points View All
Competitive House Seats lowest score along with 28 others out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 46 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation fewest bills along with 16 others out of 18 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 44 others out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Sophomores fewest bills along with 62 others out of 73 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Illinois Delegation the least supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 18 0
7 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 30 others out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores least supportive along with 23 others out of 73 0
6 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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.