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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Hatch’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

the most bills among All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hatch introduced 36 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 185: PATH Act; S. 295: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; S. 481: Improving Regulatory Transparency for New ...; S. 483: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective ...; 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. 1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; S. 1946: Tax Relief Extension Act of ...; S. 2348: Rapid DNA Act of 2016; S. 2368: Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, ...; S. 2383: Utah Test and Training Range ...; S. 3155: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...; S. 3156: Taxpayer Protection Act of 2016; S. 3157: Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention ...; S. 3470: Miners Protection Act of 2016; S. 3471: Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act ...; S.Con.Res. 57: A concurrent resolution honoring in ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 47 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans the most bills out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators the most bills out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Working with the House

the most bills among All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 40 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. 2499: Health Savings Act of 2016; S. 2724: Separation of Powers Restoration Act ...; S. 2775: Technical Corrections Act of 2016; S. 2794: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; S. 2862: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; S. 2873: ECHO Act; S. 2986: International Communications Privacy Act; S. 3413: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 3506: Tax Technical Corrections Act of ...; S.Con.Res. 20: A concurrent resolution recognizing and ...; S.Con.Res. 47: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...; S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans the most bills out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators the most bills out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among All Senators

Hatch introduced 15 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 481: Improving Regulatory Transparency for New ...; S. 483: Ensuring Patient Access and Effective ...; S. 810: SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider ...; S. 903: An original bill to amend ...; S. 916: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public ...; S. 995: Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and ...; S. 1009: AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act ...; S. 1015: Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs ...; S. 1267: Trade Preferences Extension Act of ...; S. 1269: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement ...; S. 1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; S. 2282: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research ...; S. 2794: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; S. 2873: ECHO Act; S. 3155: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans the most bills out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators the most bills out of 100 0
15 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

2nd most bills among All Senators

17 of Hatch’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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. 1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act of ...; S. 1990: Federal Computer Security Act; S. 2282: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research ...; S. 2510: ARTS Act of 2016; S. 2724: Separation of Powers Restoration Act ...; S. 2775: Technical Corrections Act of 2016; S. 2794: American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of ...; S. 2873: ECHO Act; S. 3065: Family First Prevention Services Act ...; S. 3155: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...; S. 3504: Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes ...; S. 3506: Tax Technical Corrections Act of ...; S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 2nd most bills out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among All Senators

Hatch introduced 108 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 2nd most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 2nd best score out of 47
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Senate Republicans 2nd best score out of 54
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All Senators 2nd best score out of 100
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th most bills among All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 29 of Hatch’s 108 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 4th most bills out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

4th most cosponsors among All Senators

Hatch’s bills and resolutions had 704 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 4th most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 4th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

4th highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 4th highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Ideology Score

15th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 15th most conservative out of 47
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Senate Republicans 20th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 35th most conservative out of 100
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Bills Cosponsored

15th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Hatch cosponsored 248 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
Serving 10+ Years 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 50th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

22nd most voting among All Senators; tied with 5 others

Hatch missed 0.6% of votes (3 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Hatch’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 11th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 22nd most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

35th least bipartisan among All Senators

Of the 248 bills that Hatch cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 17th least bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 35th least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hatch supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 12 others out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 27 others out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 27 others out of 100 0
11 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 the 114th Congress) 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.