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Rep. Rob Bishop’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Utah's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Bishop’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Bishop’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 2nd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 11 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 140: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 178: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 274: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 292: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 347: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 419: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 356: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...; H.R. 462: Utah National Guard Readiness Act; H.R. 993: Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act; H.R. 1126: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion ...; H.R. 1459: Ensuring Public Involvement in the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (99th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (100th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Bishop tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Bishop’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all House Republicans (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (20th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 14th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (86th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 7 others)

Bishop introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 19th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 19 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Bishop’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. 356: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...; H.R. 993: Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act; H.R. 2456: A PLUS Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 32nd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 160 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Bishop 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 Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Bishop missed 4.2% of votes (27 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd 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.


 

Cosponsors

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 71 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (32nd percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 2398: To prohibit the Secretaries of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bishop supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bishop 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Bishop cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Bishop cosponsored 160 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 (53rd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (55th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.