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Rep. Keith Rothfus’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 12th District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Rothfus’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Rothfus’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Rothfus introduced 3 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (13th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Of the 114 bills that Rothfus cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Freshmen (24th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Rothfus’s bills and resolutions had 18 cosponsors in 2013. 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 »

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Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Rothfus cosponsored 114 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (29th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (26th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Rothfus missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Rothfus’s Profile »

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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

Rothfus introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rothfus introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Rothfus’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

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Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Rothfus’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.

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


 

Committee Positions

Rothfus 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 Rothfus’s Profile »

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Government Transparency

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

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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 2013) 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.