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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to All Senators

Hatch introduced 66 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

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


 

Ranked the 2nd 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 166: Muhammad Ali Commemorative Coin Act; S. 266: Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act; S. 367: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; S. 403: Health Savings Act of 2017; S. 812: PARTS Act; S. 1015: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act ...; S. 1027: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1053: A bill to require the ...; S. 1121: College Transparency Act; S. 1247: Teacher Loan Repayment Act of ...; S. 1417: Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat ...; S. 1572: Helium Extraction Act of 2017; S. 1671: International Communications Privacy Act; S. 1910: State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act ...; S. 2108: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; S. 2128: Geospatial Data Act of 2017; S.Con.Res. 16: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...; S.J.Res. 32: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 33: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

12 of Hatch’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017; S. 367: Probation Officer Protection Act of ...; S. 870: Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes ...; S. 994: Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act ...; S. 1027: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1577: Separation of Powers Restoration Act ...; S. 1774: Employee Rights Act; S. 1827: KIDS Act of 2017; S. 1964: Child Welfare Oversight and Accountability ...; S. 2108: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; S. 2152: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child ...; S.J.Res. 24: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Hatch’s 66 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd 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 Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hatch’s bills and resolutions had 403 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hatch introduced 13 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017; S. 324: State Veterans Home Adult Day ...; S. 705: Child Protection Improvements Act of ...; S. 870: Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes ...; S. 1015: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act ...; S. 1048: Enhanced Clinical Trial Design Act ...; S. 1509: Orphan Products Extension Now Accelerating ...; S. 1827: KIDS Act of 2017; S.Res. 9: A resolution honoring in praise ...; S.Res. 247: A resolution designating July 29, ...; S.J.Res. 32: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 33: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 41: An original joint resolution providing ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Hatch missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

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 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hatch cosponsored S. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hatch cosponsored 144 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 Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hatch introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017; S. 1048: Enhanced Clinical Trial Design Act ...; S. 1509: Orphan Products Extension Now Accelerating ...; S.J.Res. 32: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 33: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

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

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 144 bills that Hatch cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.