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Rep. Rob Bishop’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Bishop’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 21 bills in the 113th Congress 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.Res. 472: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 524: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 604: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 641: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 693: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 715: 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Involvement in the ...; H.R. 2095: Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency ...; H.R. 4253: Bureau of Land Management Withdrawn ...; H.R. 5203: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission ...; H.R. 5204: Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Bishop tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Bishop’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (11th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 17th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Bishop introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 270 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 26th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 14 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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; H.J.Res. 115: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); Safe House Seats (81st percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 56th most bills compared to House Republicans

Bishop cosponsored 270 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 (56th percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Was 63rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Bishop missed 6.5% of votes (78 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th 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

3 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 2398: To prohibit the Secretaries of ...; H.R. 4901: Advancing Conservation and Education Act ...; H.J.Res. 115: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); Safe House Seats (55th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

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 (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 356: Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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 (80th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 112 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (28th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (29th 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 113th Congress) 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.