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Rep. Bobby Rush’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Rush’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Ranked the bottom follower compared to 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rush’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Rush’s bills and resolutions had 36 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Rush’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 3540: Quadrennial Energy Review Act of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Rush missed 27.2% of votes (193 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Rush’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 32nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Rush cosponsored 377 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 (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 35th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

Rush tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Rush’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 105th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 377 bills that Rush cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Democrats (54th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rush supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rush 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Rush introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Democrats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Rush introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

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. View Rush’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rush introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 338: To promote a 21st century ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.