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Rep. Martha Roby’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 2nd District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Roby’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her 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 Roby’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 Alabama Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Roby missed 0.9% of votes (11 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Roby’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (17th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

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

Of the 132 bills that Roby cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); House Sophomores (38th percentile); House Republicans (37th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores

Roby cosponsored 132 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 Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 4 others)

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

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (10th percentile); House Republicans (12th percentile); Safe House Seats (12th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 49th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 47 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roby introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1406: Working Families Flexibility Act of ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); House Sophomores (18th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roby 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 Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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

Roby’s bills and resolutions had 192 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 Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); Safe House Seats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Roby’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. 1406: Working Families Flexibility Act of ...; H.R. 2089: Defending State Authority Over Education ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

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


 

Committee Positions

Roby 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 Roby’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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 Roby’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 Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (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.


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.