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Sen. James Risch’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Idaho
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Risch’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

12 of Risch’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 52: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act ...; S. 2641: Promoting American National Security and ...; S. 2702: Integrated Energy Systems Act of ...; S. 4392: Ukraine Security Partnership Act; S.Res. 96: A resolution commending the Government ...; S.Res. 123: A resolution supporting the North ...; S.Res. 184: A resolution condemning the Easter ...; S.Res. 318: A resolution to support the ...; S.Res. 385: A resolution celebrating the 30th ...; S.Res. 435: A resolution reaffirming the importance ...; S.Res. 447: A resolution expressing serious concern ...; S.Res. 689: A resolution condemning the crackdown ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Risch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Risch introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 79: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 372: Statistical Area Fairness Act of ...; S. 1570: Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act; S. 1975: Small Business Investment Improvement Act ...; S.Res. 385: A resolution celebrating the 30th ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 8th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Risch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

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

Risch’s bills and resolutions had 222 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Senate Republicans (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 225 bills that Risch cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Senators

Risch cosponsored 225 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 Senate Republicans (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Risch introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 52: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act ...; S. 79: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 2092: Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (35th 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 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 52: Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act ...; S. 79: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 1570: Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act; S. 2092: Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for ...; S. 2641: Promoting American National Security and ...; S. 2702: Integrated Energy Systems Act of ...; S.Res. 96: A resolution commending the Government ...; S.Res. 123: A resolution supporting the North ...; S.Res. 184: A resolution condemning the Easter ...; S.Res. 318: A resolution to support the ...; S.Res. 385: A resolution celebrating the 30th ...; S.Res. 435: A resolution reaffirming the importance ...; S.Res. 447: A resolution expressing serious concern ...; S.Res. 684: A resolution calling on the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Risch’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Risch caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Risch held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Risch’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Risch missed 2.6% of votes (19 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Risch’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.