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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from California's 48th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Rohrabacher’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Rohrabacher’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.

 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to California Delegation

Rohrabacher cosponsored 145 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 California Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to California Delegation

Rohrabacher missed 9.3% of votes (112 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Rohrabacher’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th 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 the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to California Delegation

Rohrabacher’s bills and resolutions had 95 cosponsors in the 115th 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 »

Compare to all California Delegation (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower compared to California 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rohrabacher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to California Delegation (tied with 5 others)

2 of Rohrabacher’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 316: Celebrating the success of the ...; H.R. 6650: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program ...

Compare to all California Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th fewest bills compared to California Delegation (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Rohrabacher’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rohrabacher caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 11th least oftenn compared to California Delegation (tied with 9 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Rohrabacher supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rohrabacher 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rohrabacher cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...

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


 

Ranked 32nd most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rohrabacher’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 50th 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 145 bills that Rohrabacher cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 58 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rohrabacher introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 6650: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program ...

Compare to all California Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rohrabacher introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 6650: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program ...

Compare to all California Delegation (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Rohrabacher introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 Rohrabacher’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 California Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Rohrabacher 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 Rohrabacher’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th 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 the 115th Congress) 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.

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