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Rep. Bobby Rush’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 1st District
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Rush’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Illinois Delegation

Of the 560 bills that Rush cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Democrats (39th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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. 3900: To amend the Children’s Online ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Was 14th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Rush missed 6.7% of votes (47 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Rush’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

10 of Rush’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 35: Emmett Till Antilynching Act; H.R. 45: Barack Obama Highway Act; H.R. 55: Connecting Broadband Deserts Act of ...; H.R. 366: Insulin Access for All Act ...; H.R. 1282: Data Accountability and Trust Act; H.R. 1499: Protecting Consumer Access to Generic ...; H.R. 2114: Enhancing State Energy Security Planning ...; H.R. 2404: United States-Cuba Relations Normalization Act; H.R. 3637: Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act ...; H.R. 4914: Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 22nd most bills compared to All Representatives

Rush cosponsored 560 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 (91st percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rush introduced 6 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 35: Emmett Till Antilynching Act; H.R. 362: Energy Emergency Leadership Act; H.R. 1315: Blue Collar to Green Collar ...; H.R. 1499: Protecting Consumer Access to Generic ...; H.R. 2114: Enhancing State Energy Security Planning ...; H.R. 3432: Safer Pipelines Act of 2019

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 28th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

Rush introduced 32 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 51st most liberal compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rush’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got the 75th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Rush’s bills and resolutions had 488 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Democrats (70th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 76th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of Rush’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rush caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 97th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rush’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); House Democrats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rush introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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 (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.