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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Utah
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 1977 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Hatch’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators 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 Hatch’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Republicans

Hatch introduced 6 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 25: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; S. 26: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...; S. 27: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...; S. 211: A bill to amend certain ...; S. 2539: Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2944: No Social Security for Nazis ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (97th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Republicans

9 of Hatch’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: S. 211: A bill to amend certain ...; S. 510: Scofield Land Transfer Act; S. 1525: PIN Act; S. 1712: Employee Rights Act; S. 2301: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 2539: Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2736: Tax Refund Theft Prevention Act ...; S. 2944: No Social Security for Nazis ...; S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hatch introduced 7 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 25: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; S. 26: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...; S. 27: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...; S. 28: Upper Y Mountain Trail and ...; S. 211: A bill to amend certain ...; S. 2122: Responsible Medicare SGR Repeal and ...; S. 2539: Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Hatch’s bills and resolutions had 311 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th most often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 207 bills that Hatch cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Hatch introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most conservative compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hatch held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Hatch’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 25: South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance ...; S. 26: Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation ...; S. 27: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...; S. 28: Upper Y Mountain Trail and ...; S. 211: A bill to amend certain ...; S. 509: Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act; S. 1031: Family and Retirement Health Investment ...; S. 1712: Employee Rights Act; S. 2301: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 2944: No Social Security for Nazis ...; S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Hatch missed 2.3% of votes (15 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Hatch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 26% of Hatch’s 35 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hatch supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hatch 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hatch 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (39th 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 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.