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Rep. John Shimkus’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 15th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Shimkus’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives 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 Shimkus’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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Shimkus cosponsored 167 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 Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); Safe House Seats (19th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Shimkus introduced 6 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Illinois Delegation

Of the 167 bills that Shimkus cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).

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


 

Was 83rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Shimkus missed 5.7% of votes (69 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Shimkus’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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

Shimkus introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Cosponsors

Shimkus’s bills and resolutions had 243 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 Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Shimkus’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: H.R. 1407: Animal Drug User Fee Amendments ...; H.R. 4342: Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Shimkus supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Shimkus 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Shimkus 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 Shimkus’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Shimkus’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.Res. 302: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 509: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 1252: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shimkus introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1407: Animal Drug User Fee Amendments ...; H.R. 4342: Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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.