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Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from West Virginia
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 1985 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Rockefeller’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 Rockefeller’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.

 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Rockefeller missed 12.5% of votes (82 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Rockefeller’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Rockefeller tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Rockefeller’s 49 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (10th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Of the 179 bills that Rockefeller cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Rockefeller cosponsored 179 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

8 of Rockefeller’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. 21: Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness ...; S. 411: Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and ...; S. 805: Robert C. Byrd Mine and ...; S. 1353: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014; S. 2028: Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational ...; S. 2338: United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization ...; S. 2777: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2799: Satellite Television Access and Viewer ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 21st most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rockefeller introduced 9 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 134: Violent Content Research Act of ...; S. 267: Pirate Fishing Elimination Act; S. 269: International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement ...; S. 1353: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014; S. 2022: Forensic Science and Standards Act ...; S. 2028: Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational ...; S. 2338: United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization ...; S. 2777: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2799: Satellite Television Access and Viewer ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Ranked 26th most liberal compared to All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rockefeller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Rockefeller introduced 49 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rockefeller supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Rockefeller 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rockefeller cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rockefeller 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. 1353: Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014; S. 2338: United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th 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.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Rockefeller’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. 348: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and ...; S. 411: Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and ...; S. 468: CARE Act; S. 740: Medicare Drug Savings Act of ...; S. 1286: Medicaid Information Technology to Enhance ...; S. 2338: United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 Rockefeller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Rockefeller’s bills and resolutions had 196 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 »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Rockefeller 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 Rockefeller’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th 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 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.