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Rep. John Rutherford’s 2019 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Rutherford’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Rutherford’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 240 bills that Rutherford cosponsored, 53% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 8th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Rutherford introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (19th percentile); House Sophomores (13th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 6 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Rutherford’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. 2948: To designate the Department of ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 16th most bills compared to House Republicans

Rutherford 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 »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (48th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Was 70th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Rutherford missed 4.7% of votes (33 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Rutherford’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); All Representatives (83rd 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Rutherford introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rutherford introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Rutherford’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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 Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Rutherford’s 7 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rutherford caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (37th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Rutherford’s bills and resolutions had 93 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Florida Delegation (41st percentile); House Sophomores (29th percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 2019) 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.