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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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Competitive House Seats

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (14th percentile); Competitive House Seats (5th percentile); House Freshmen (25th percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (17th percentile).

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


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); Competitive House Seats (76th percentile); House Freshmen (91st percentile); House Republicans (67th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Introduced the 68th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (25th percentile); House Freshmen (33rd percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

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 ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (65th percentile); House Freshmen (83rd percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (49th percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); All Representatives (42nd 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

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 »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Freshmen (69th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

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 ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Freshmen (63rd percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bishop supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Bishop cosponsored H.R. 653: FOIA Act

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Freshmen (42nd percentile); House Republicans (69th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

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 ...

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (79th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); House Freshmen (88th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

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. View Bishop’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Freshmen (50th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th 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 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.