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Rep. Mike Bishop’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 8th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Bishop’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Bishop’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

4th least bipartisan among Competitive House Seats

Of the 169 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Michigan Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 14 2
34% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 4th least bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Freshmen 17th least bipartisan out of 64 0
65% of bills View All
House Republicans 75th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 76th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th most bills among Michigan Delegation; tied with 1 other

2 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 2315: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; H.R. 3594: Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 0
12 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen 18th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

6th most cosponsors among House Freshmen

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 192 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Michigan Delegation 5th most cosponsors out of 14 2
467 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 13th most cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Freshmen 6th most cosponsors out of 64 0
347 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 81st most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 154th most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

5th most bills among Michigan Delegation; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2315: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 14 0
5 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Freshmen 10th most bills (tied w/ 22) out of 64 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

5th least supportive among Michigan Delegation; tied with 5 others

GovTrack looked at whether Bishop supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bishop 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Michigan Delegation 5th least supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 14 0
4 points View All
Competitive House Seats 12th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Freshmen 17th most supportive (tied w/ 20) out of 64 0
4 points View All
House Republicans 24th most supportive (tied w/ 52) out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives 157th most supportive (tied w/ 94) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

15th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 4 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Bishop’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. 2315: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; H.Con.Res. 67: Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 14 0
4 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 15th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Freshmen 5th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 64 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 72nd most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 71) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

20th most bills among House Freshmen

Bishop cosponsored 169 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 7th most bills out of 14 41
405 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 25th most bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Freshmen 20th most bills out of 64 21
343 bills View All
House Republicans 82nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 212th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

21st most absent among House Freshmen; tied with 2 others

Bishop missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Bishop’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Michigan Delegation 7th most absent out of 14 0
7% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 25th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
House Freshmen 21st most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 62 0
16% missed votes View All
All Representatives 181st most voting (tied w/ 14) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Bills Introduced

68th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 27 others

Bishop introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 14 2
28 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 15th fewest bills out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Freshmen 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 64 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Bishop 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Bishop’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Michigan Delegation the lowest score (tied w/ 3) out of 14 0
11 points View All
Competitive House Seats lowest score along with 28 others out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Freshmen lowest score along with 35 others out of 64 0
1 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 168 others out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 3594: Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Michigan Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 14 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats 3rd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Freshmen 3rd most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 64 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.