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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Oklahoma
Republican
Serving Nov 17, 1994 – Jan 3, 2027


These year-end statistics cover Inhofe’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Inhofe’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.

 

Ranked most politically right compared to All Senators

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Was most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Inhofe missed 14.1% of votes (41 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Inhofe tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 11% of Inhofe’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (16th percentile); Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 162 bills that Inhofe cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Inhofe cosponsored 162 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had 88 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

2 of Inhofe’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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: S. 464: English Language Unity Act of ...; S. 484: Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Inhofe introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Inhofe introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Inhofe introduced 2 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 16: A bill to provide for ...; S. 799: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 484: Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act ...; S. 614: A bill to require the ...; S. 843: Ammunition Management for More Obtainability ...; S. 1233: Federal Land Freedom Act of ...; S. 1234: Fracturing Regulations are Effective in ...; S.Res. 69: A resolution calling for the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Inhofe held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Inhofe supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Inhofe 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.