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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Inhofe’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 263 bills that Inhofe cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

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. 571: Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2; S. 1646: Technical Clarification to Public Law ...; S. 2444: Alternative Ammunition Manufacturing Act; S. 2771: A bill to amend title ...; S. 3217: A bill to amend title ...; S.Res. 69: A resolution calling for the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Inhofe tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 8 of Inhofe’s 41 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Inhofe cosponsored 263 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 Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

Inhofe 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 Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

8 of Inhofe’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 291: Keep Our Communities Safe Act ...; S. 1479: BUILD Act; S. 1647: Developing a Reliable and Innovative ...; S. 2795: Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization ...; S. 2808: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 2824: Ariel Rios Federal Building Designation ...; S. 2848: Water Resources Development Act of ...; S. 3021: VEI Act of 2016

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Inhofe missed 2.6% of votes (13 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Inhofe introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 261: A bill to designate the ...; S. 571: Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2; S. 2848: Water Resources Development Act of ...; S. 3217: A bill to amend title ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (67th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Inhofe introduced 8 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 261: A bill to designate the ...; S. 571: Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2; S. 1479: BUILD Act; S. 1647: Developing a Reliable and Innovative ...; S. 2795: Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization ...; S. 2808: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 2824: Ariel Rios Federal Building Designation ...; S. 2848: Water Resources Development Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had 224 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Inhofe introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Inhofe supported any of 22 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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 114th Congress) 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.