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Rep. David “Phil” Roe’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Roe’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Roe’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.

 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Roe missed 15.2% of votes (107 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Roe’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th 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 14th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Roe cosponsored 244 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 Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (76th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 40th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 244 bills that Roe cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Got the 70th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Roe’s bills and resolutions had 350 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); Safe House Seats (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 61st most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 43 others)

4 of Roe’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1016: Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran ...; H.R. 1190: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; H.R. 1767: Employee Privacy Protection Act; H.R. 2653: American Health Care Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roe introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Roe introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (39th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Roe supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Roe 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Roe’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. 1190: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; H.R. 1423: Self-Insurance Protection Act

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Roe 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 Roe’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roe introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1190: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 2015) 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.