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Rep. Peter Roskam’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 6th District
Republican
Served Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Roskam’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives 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 Roskam’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 Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roskam introduced 9 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1697: Israel Anti-Boycott Act; H.R. 1843: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; H.R. 5716: COMPASS Act; H.R. 5725: BEST Act; H.R. 5773: Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors ...; H.R. 6167: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 6301: Promoting High-Value Health Care Through ...; H.R. 6311: Increasing Access to Lower Premium ...; H.R. 6690: Fighting Fraud to Protect Care ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation

Roskam cosponsored 204 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 Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Roskam introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Roskam supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Roskam 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Roskam cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Roskam’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Roskam’s bills and resolutions had 772 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 Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Roskam introduced 4 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: H.R. 5716: COMPASS Act; H.R. 5725: BEST Act; H.R. 5773: Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors ...; H.R. 6167: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 204 bills that Roskam cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 59th most liberal compared to House Republicans

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 Roskam’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Roskam’s 20 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Roskam caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Was 85th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Roskam missed 6.6% of votes (80 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Roskam’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Roskam’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: H.R. 1697: Israel Anti-Boycott Act; H.R. 2106: Partner with Korea Act; H.R. 5716: COMPASS Act; H.R. 5924: Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Roskam’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 1697: Israel Anti-Boycott Act; H.R. 1843: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; H.R. 5924: Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Roskam held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Roskam’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (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 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.