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Sen. James Risch’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Idaho
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Risch’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 Risch’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.

 

Leadership Score

5th worst score among All Senators

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 Risch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 3rd worst score out of 41
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Senate Republicans 4th worst score out of 45
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All Senators 5th worst score out of 100
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Cosponsors

6th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

Risch’s bills and resolutions had 50 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 5th fewest cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
All Senators 6th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 4 others

1 of Risch’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. 1928: A bill to require the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

6th highest score among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Risch held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 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 Risch’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Republicans 3rd highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 45 0
8 points View All
All Senators 6th highest score (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

6th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Risch introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 276: A bill to reinstate and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Republicans 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 45 0
15 bills View All
All Senators 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

9th least bipartisan among Senate Republicans

Of the 240 bills that Risch cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 9th least bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
All Senators 44th most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

9th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Risch introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Republicans 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 7
85 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

7th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 6 others

Risch introduced 2 bills 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. 276: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 1430: Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Republicans 7th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
6 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Working with the House

12th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Risch’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. 550: Small Business Investment Company Modernization ...; S. 1430: Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th fewest bills out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Republicans 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
All Senators 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

18th most voting among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

Risch missed 2.0% of votes (13 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Risch’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
All Senators 44th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
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Bills Cosponsored

20th most bills among Senate Republicans

Risch cosponsored 240 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 18th most bills out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Republicans 20th most bills out of 45 51
337 bills View All
All Senators 46th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Risch supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Risch 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 15 others out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 26 others out of 45 0
5 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 34 others out of 100 0
8 points View All

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.

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.