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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Oklahoma
Republican
Serving Jan 1, 1994 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Inhofe’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 conservative 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 the 113th Congress 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).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Inhofe tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Inhofe’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).

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


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Inhofe missed 11.6% of votes (76 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 282 bills that Inhofe cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Inhofe cosponsored 282 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 (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Wrote the 11th fewest laws compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

Inhofe introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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: S. 2614: A bill to amend certain ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Inhofe introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress 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 (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

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 (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 2614: A bill to amend certain ...; S.Res. 69: A resolution calling for the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Inhofe introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had 187 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Inhofe’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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: S. 464: English Language Unity Act of ...; S. 484: Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act ...; S. 2161: EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act; S. 2463: Keep Our Communities Safe Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (44th 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

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 113th Congress) 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.