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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Inhofe’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 2017 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).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 5 of Inhofe’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Got the 9th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had 92 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Inhofe introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Inhofe introduced 3 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 822: BUILD Act; S. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act; S.Res. 181: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Inhofe cosponsored 151 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 (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 151 bills that Inhofe cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 11th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 13th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 334: Fracturing Regulations are Effective in ...; S. 755: Fairness for Pilots Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).

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


 

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 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Inhofe cosponsored S. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Inhofe’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 36: Keep Our Communities Safe Act ...; S. 822: BUILD Act; S.J.Res. 28: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Inhofe missed 1.2% of votes (4 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Inhofe introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Inhofe held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th 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 2017) 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.