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Rep. Mo Brooks’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Brooks’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 Brooks’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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the most bills among Alabama Delegation

Brooks cosponsored 210 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
Alabama Delegation the most bills out of 7 76
210 bills View All
House Republicans 38th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 130th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 147th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Alabama Delegation; tied with 1 other

0 of Brooks’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 7 0
2 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats the fewest bills (tied w/ 76) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 93) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

2nd highest score among Alabama Delegation; tied with 2 others

Brooks held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Brooks’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Alabama Delegation 2nd highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 7 0
2 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 64th highest score (tied w/ 181) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Cosponsors

3rd fewest cosponsors among Alabama Delegation

Brooks’s bills and resolutions had 98 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
Alabama Delegation 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 7 27
471 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 102nd fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 153rd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 179th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

60th most voting among All Representatives; tied with 13 others

Brooks missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Brooks’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Alabama Delegation 3rd most voting out of 7 0
7% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 50th most voting (tied w/ 13) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 60th most voting (tied w/ 13) 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

72nd least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 210 bills that Brooks cosponsored, 6% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Alabama Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 7 4
28% of bills View All
House Republicans 71st least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 69th least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 72nd 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.

 

Bills Introduced

124th fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 31 others

Brooks introduced 7 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation 2nd most bills out of 7 2
13 bills View All
House Republicans 70th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 106th fewest bills (tied w/ 26) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 124th fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brooks introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation fewest bills along with 4 others out of 7 0
5 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 172 others out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation fewest bills along with 3 others out of 7 0
3 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 109 others out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Brooks introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Alabama Delegation fewest bills along with 5 others out of 7 0
1 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others 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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brooks supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Brooks 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Alabama Delegation least supportive along with 4 others out of 7 0
1 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.