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Rep. Bobby Rush’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Rush’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Rush’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.

 

Leadership Score

2nd worst score among Illinois Delegation

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rush’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Illinois Delegation 2nd worst score out of 18
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Serving 10+ Years 17th worst score out of 185
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House Democrats 22nd worst score out of 191
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All Representatives 39th worst score out of 439
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Cosponsors

2nd fewest cosponsors among Illinois Delegation

Rush’s bills and resolutions had 43 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 2nd fewest cosponsors out of 18 27
1,025 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 19th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 19th fewest cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 43rd fewest cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

3rd most absent among All Representatives

Rush missed 24.1% of votes (319 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Rush’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Illinois Delegation the most absent out of 18 0
24% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most absent out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 3rd most absent out of 432 0
29% 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.

 

Working with the Senate

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

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Rush’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. 4630: CLEANUP Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 18 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 37) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Democrats 35th fewest bills (tied w/ 36) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

6th fewest bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 2 others

Rush tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Rush’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 bills View All
House Democrats 67th fewest bills (tied w/ 20) out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

7th fewest bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 4 others

3 of Rush’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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.R. 275: To establish a commission to ...; H.R. 4630: CLEANUP Act; H.R. 5886: To amend the Safe Drinking ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 18 0
10 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 76th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Democrats 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 30) out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

49th most bills among All Representatives

Rush cosponsored 459 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 2nd most bills out of 18 94
581 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Democrats 47th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 49th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

124th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 6 others

Rush introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 18 2
35 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 64th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Democrats 59th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 124th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

127th most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 459 bills that Rush cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Illinois Delegation 7th most bipartisan out of 18 11
55% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 61st most bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Democrats 75th least bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% 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 Out of Committee

116th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 100 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rush introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4583: To promote a 21st century ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 18 0
7 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 57th fewest bills (tied w/ 42) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

146th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 63 others

GovTrack looked at whether Rush supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rush 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 3838: Fairness in Incarcerated Representation Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Illinois Delegation 4th least supportive (tied w/ 6) out of 18 0
17 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 71st most supportive (tied w/ 22) out of 185 0
12 points View All
House Democrats 31st least supportive (tied w/ 37) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 146th most supportive (tied w/ 63) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Committee Positions

Rush held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Rush’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Illinois Delegation highest score along with 9 others out of 18 0
1 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 24th highest score (tied w/ 93) out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Rush introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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 8 others out of 18 0
2 View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 88 others out of 185 0
8 View All
House Democrats fewest bills along with 105 others out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others out of 439 0
8 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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 the 114th Congress) 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.