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Sen. Orrin Hatch’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Hatch’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 All Senators

Hatch introduced 21 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 139: An Act to amend the ...; S. 266: Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act; S. 324: State Veterans Home Adult Day ...; S. 870: Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes ...; S. 994: Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act ...; S. 1015: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act ...; S. 1048: Enhanced Clinical Trial Design Act ...; S. 1284: Community Bank Relief Act; S. 1392: Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to ...; S. 1417: Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat ...; S. 1827: KIDS Act of 2017; S. 2108: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; S. 2152: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child ...; S. 2256: Tax Extender Act of 2017; S. 2334: Music Modernization Act of 2018; S. 2383: CLOUD Act; S. 2823: Music Modernization Act; S. 3120: HEAL Act of 2018; S. 3657: Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization ...; S.J.Res. 32: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 33: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

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


 

Introduced the most bills compared to All Senators

Hatch introduced 125 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th 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. 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. 166: Muhammad Ali Commemorative Coin 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. 1086: A bill to amend title ...; 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. 2334: Music Modernization Act of 2018; S. 2348: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2383: CLOUD Act; S. 2428: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2526: Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act ...; S. 2831: Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act; S. 2873: Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act ...; S. 3335: Restoring the Armed Career Criminal ...; S. 3488: American Royalties Too Act of ...; S. 3738: Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018; S.Res. 481: A resolution calling upon the ...; 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 (98th 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 71 of Hatch’s 125 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hatch caucused with in the 115th Congress.

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hatch introduced 34 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 139: An Act to amend the ...; S. 266: Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act; S. 324: State Veterans Home Adult Day ...; S. 664: Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement ...; S. 705: Child Protection Improvements Act of ...; S. 870: Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes ...; S. 994: Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act ...; S. 1015: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act ...; S. 1048: Enhanced Clinical Trial Design Act ...; S. 1284: Community Bank Relief Act; S. 1392: Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to ...; S. 1417: Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat ...; S. 1827: KIDS Act of 2017; S. 2108: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of ...; S. 2152: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child ...; S. 2256: Tax Extender Act of 2017; S. 2334: Music Modernization Act of 2018; S. 2383: CLOUD Act; S. 2809: Emery County Public Land Management ...; S. 2823: Music Modernization Act; S. 2831: Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act; S. 3120: HEAL Act of 2018; S. 3532: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 3657: Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization ...; S.Res. 9: A resolution honoring in praise ...; S.Res. 247: A resolution designating July 29, ...; S.Res. 481: A resolution calling upon the ...; S.Res. 590: A resolution recognizing the 171st ...; S.Res. 674: A resolution recognizing the month ...; S.Res. 701: A resolution designating November 15, ...; S.Con.Res. 48: A concurrent resolution directing the ...; 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 (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hatch’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th 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 (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Senators

20 of Hatch’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 139: An Act to amend the ...; S. 266: Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act; 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. 2383: CLOUD Act; S. 2495: STOP School Violence Act of ...; S. 2526: Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act ...; S. 2823: Music Modernization Act; S. 3118: Mens Rea Reform Act of ...; S. 3246: Taxpayer First Act of 2018; S. 3700: Promoting Employment and Economic Mobility ...; 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 the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hatch’s bills and resolutions had 784 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th 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 the 115th Congress 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 (64th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Hatch cosponsored 249 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 (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Hatch supported any of 14 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 (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Hatch missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Hatch’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 249 bills that Hatch cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (39th 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 the 115th Congress) 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.