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Rep. David “Phil” Roe’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Roe’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 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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Roe held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Roe’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Roe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Roe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Roe’s bills and resolutions had 1,147 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 Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 309 bills that Roe cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

12 of Roe’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. 950: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 277: American Health Care Reform Act ...; H.R. 849: Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare ...; H.R. 2285: School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act; H.R. 2723: Employee Rights Act; H.R. 2823: Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers ...; H.R. 3218: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational ...; H.R. 4242: VA Care in the Community ...; H.R. 4243: To establish a commission for ...; H.R. 5674: VA MISSION Act of 2018; H.R. 6544: The Employee Rights Act of ...; H.J.Res. 51: Approving the discontinuation of the ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to House Republicans

Roe introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Was 15th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Roe missed 0.6% of votes (7 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Roe’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); All Representatives (10th 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.


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Roe introduced 5 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. 369: To eliminate the sunset of ...; H.R. 1259: VA Accountability First Act of ...; H.R. 3218: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational ...; H.R. 5674: VA MISSION Act of 2018; H.R. 6621: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roe introduced 15 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 28: Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran ...; H.R. 369: To eliminate the sunset of ...; H.R. 849: Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare ...; H.R. 1181: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act; H.R. 1259: VA Accountability First Act of ...; H.R. 1304: Self-Insurance Protection Act; H.R. 1848: Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot ...; H.R. 2823: Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers ...; H.R. 3218: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational ...; H.R. 4242: VA Care in the Community ...; H.R. 4243: To establish a commission for ...; H.R. 5674: VA MISSION Act of 2018; H.R. 6621: To designate the facility of ...; H.Con.Res. 121: Directing the Secretary of the ...; H.J.Res. 3: Approving the location of a ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 26th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Roe’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Roe caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans

Roe cosponsored 309 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); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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.Res. 950: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 849: Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare ...; H.R. 3054: Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act of ...; H.J.Res. 51: Approving the discontinuation of the ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (70th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Roe supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Roe 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Roe cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 6714: Electronic Court Records Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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.