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Rep. Jim Cooper’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 5th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Cooper’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives 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 Cooper’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 their bills out of committee the least often compared to Tennessee Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cooper introduced 0 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Cooper’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. 1779: No Budget, No Pay Act

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Democrats (14th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 7th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Cooper supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cooper 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cooper cosponsored H.R. 70: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...; H.Res. 604: CEASE Resolution; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Was 11th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Cooper missed 0.5% of votes (6 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cooper’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); All Representatives (8th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to House Democrats

Cooper cosponsored 217 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 Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (8th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Got the 20th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Cooper’s bills and resolutions had 77 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 Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Democrats (11th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

Cooper introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 33rd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 217 bills that Cooper cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Democrats (84th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 37th fewest bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 19 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Cooper’s 8 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cooper caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Democrats (18th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cooper introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Cooper’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: H.R. 712: John Tanner Fairness and Independence ...; H.R. 5419: To allow the Chief of ...; H.R. 5703: To provide for the conveyance ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); House Democrats (37th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (39th 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.