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Rep. Keith Rothfus’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Rothfus’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 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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Rothfus missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Rothfus’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (1st percentile); Safe House Seats (1st percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (18th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

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

Of the 207 bills that Rothfus cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Freshmen (17th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 2 others)

1 of Rothfus’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. 2453: Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice …

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (11th percentile); House Freshmen (20th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (15th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Pennsylvania Delegation

Rothfus’s bills and resolutions had 130 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (17th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rothfus 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 Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Freshmen (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rothfus introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

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.

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

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 »

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Rothfus cosponsored 207 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 (28th percentile); House Freshmen (32nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (34th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

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.

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


Additional Notes

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.