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Rep. James Renacci’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 16th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Renacci’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Renacci’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd highest % of bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 80% of Renacci’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Ohio Delegation

Renacci cosponsored 138 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 Ohio Delegation (20th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Renacci’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 289: Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification ...; H.R. 602: Pro Football Hall of Fame ...; H.R. 1048: To clarify that funding for ...; H.R. 1049: To clarify that funding for ...; H.R. 1050: To clarify that funding for ...; H.R. 1343: Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (87th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 51st top leader compared to All Representatives

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Renacci’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (87th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 52nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Renacci introduced 15 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (47th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 56th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 138 bills that Renacci cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (53rd percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (47th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).

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


 

Got the 59th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Renacci’s bills and resolutions had 378 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Ohio Delegation (80th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Was 60th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Renacci missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Renacci’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (13th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Renacci introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 709: Prevent Targeting at the IRS ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (53rd percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Renacci’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Renacci supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Renacci 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Renacci introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Ideology Score

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Renacci’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (33rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 2015) 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.