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Sen. James Risch’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Risch’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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

0 of Risch’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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Risch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Risch introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 204 bills that Risch cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 12th 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 Risch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th fewest bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Risch’s 26 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Risch caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 23rd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Risch cosponsored 204 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 (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Risch 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. 2283: Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight ...; S. 3119: Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act; S. 3552: 7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization ...

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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Risch introduced 14 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 590: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 1428: Small Business Cyber Training Act ...; S. 1961: SBIR and STTR Oversight and ...; S. 2283: Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight ...; S. 2560: Reclamation Title Transfer Act of ...; S. 3119: Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act; S. 3552: 7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization ...; S. 3553: Small Business ACE Act; S.Res. 165: A resolution celebrating April 30 ...; S.Res. 328: A resolution recognizing November 25, ...; S.Res. 498: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 634: A resolution commemorating the 70th ...; S.Res. 692: A resolution recognizing November 24, ...; S.Res. 693: A resolution celebrating October 25, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Risch 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 Risch’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsors

Risch’s bills and resolutions had 219 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 (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Risch missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Risch’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Risch supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

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 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.