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Rep. Darin LaHood’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 18th District
Republican
Serving Sep 17, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover LaHood’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 LaHood’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 least often compared to Illinois Delegation

Of the 170 bills that LaHood cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

LaHood cosponsored 170 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 (6th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

2 of LaHood’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.R. 5838: Improving Access to Work Act; H.Con.Res. 111: Recognizing and supporting the efforts ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to Illinois Delegation

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 LaHood’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th top leader 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from LaHood’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (75th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

LaHood introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th least oftenn compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 3 others)

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

LaHood cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Was 8th most present in votes compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

LaHood missed 0.9% of votes (11 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View LaHood’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); House Sophomores (12th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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 their bills out of committee the 63rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. LaHood introduced 7 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 151: Honoring the life of former ...; H.Res. 1063: Designating room H-226 of the ...; H.R. 801: Route 66 National Historic Trail ...; H.R. 2937: Community Reclamation Partnerships Act; H.R. 3109: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4326: To designate the facility of ...; H.Con.Res. 111: Recognizing and supporting the efforts ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 79th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 10 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of LaHood’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party LaHood caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

LaHood introduced 2 bills 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. 3109: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4326: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); House Sophomores (59th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of LaHood’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.Con.Res. 111: Recognizing and supporting the efforts ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

LaHood 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. View LaHood’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

LaHood’s bills and resolutions had 287 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 Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (60th 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.