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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Hatch’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators 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 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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hatch introduced 25 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 295: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 481: Improving Regulatory Transparency for New ...; S. 903: An original bill to amend ...; S. 904: Craft Beverage Bond Simplification Act ...; S. 905: An original bill to amend ...; S. 906: Cider Investment and Development through ...; S. 907: Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act ...; S. 908: Charitable Agricultural Research Act; S. 909: Philanthropic Enterprise Act of 2015; S. 910: An original bill to amend ...; S. 912: An original bill to amend ...; S. 913: An original bill to amend ...; S. 914: An original bill to amend ...; S. 915: Real Estate Investment and Jobs ...; S. 916: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...; S. 917: LNG and LPG Excise Tax ...; S. 918: Notice for Organizations That Include ...; S. 919: An original bill to exclude ...; S. 920: Military Spouse Job Continuity Act ...; S. 995: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; S. 1267: Trade Preferences Extension Act of ...; S. 1268: Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1269: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement ...; S. 1946: Tax Relief Extension Act of ...; S. 2368: AFIRM Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 30 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. 295: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 342: 21st Century Classroom Innovation Act; S. 365: A bill to improve rangeland ...; S. 468: Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat ...; S. 499: Social Security Disability Insurance and ...; S. 512: Law Enforcement Access to Data ...; S. 560: PARTS Act; S. 662: Songwriter Equity Act of 2015; S. 810: SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider ...; S. 904: Craft Beverage Bond Simplification Act ...; S. 907: Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act ...; S. 914: An original bill to amend ...; S. 916: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...; S. 918: Notice for Organizations That Include ...; S. 937: State Grazing Management Authority Act; S. 995: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; S. 1009: AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act ...; S. 1194: GRIDD Act of 2015; S. 1197: Promoting Opportunity through Informed Choice ...; S. 1198: Improving the Integrity of Disability ...; S. 1525: A bill to block any ...; S. 1845: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1874: Employee Rights Act; S. 1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; S. 1892: Teacher Loan Repayment Act of ...; S. 1922: Improving the Quality of Disability ...; S. 1923: Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit ...; S. 1929: Disability Fraud Reduction and Unethical ...; S.Con.Res. 20: A concurrent resolution recognizing and ...; S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Hatch introduced 79 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Hatch held a leadership position on 2 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 Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hatch’s bills and resolutions had 382 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most conservative compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Hatch tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 22% of Hatch’s 79 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

7 of Hatch’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: S. 295: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 481: Improving Regulatory Transparency for New ...; S. 995: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; S. 1874: Employee Rights Act; S. 1990: Federal Computer Security Act; S. 2282: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research ...; S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Hatch missed 0.6% of votes (2 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st least often compared to All Senators

Of the 146 bills that Hatch cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Hatch 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: S. 916: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (59th 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hatch cosponsored 146 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 (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hatch supported any of 19 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).


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.