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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Inhofe’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators 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 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 115th 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 244 bills that Inhofe cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Inhofe’s bills and resolutions had 165 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 Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th 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. 4 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; S. 2716: A bill to direct the ...; S. 3226: Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Parity ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Inhofe introduced 7 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 822: BUILD Act; S. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act; S. 1860: PARs Act; S. 2987: John S. McCain National Defense ...; S. 3661: 75th Anniversary of World War ...; S.Res. 181: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 528: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (18th percentile); All Senators (24th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Inhofe’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

4 of Inhofe’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: S. 36: Keep Our Communities Safe Act ...; S. 822: BUILD Act; S. 2716: A bill to direct the ...; S.J.Res. 28: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least oftenn compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Inhofe supported any of 14 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 (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Inhofe introduced 3 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: S. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act; S. 1860: PARs Act; S. 3661: 75th Anniversary of World War ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (36th 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 Introduced

Inhofe introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Inhofe’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Inhofe caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (43rd 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 Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Inhofe cosponsored 244 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 (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Inhofe missed 2.5% of votes (15 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Inhofe’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (69th 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.