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Rep. Rob Bishop’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Bills Introduced

8th fewest bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

Bishop introduced 5 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 1
33 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 30th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 43rd fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 54th fewest bills (tied w/ 26) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 68th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

10th most absent among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Bishop missed 4.5% of votes (32 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Bishop’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th most absent out of 52 0
19% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 43rd most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 83rd most absent (tied w/ 4) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 86th most absent (tied w/ 5) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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

15th fewest cosponsors among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 104 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th fewest cosponsors out of 53 0
888 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 61st fewest cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 106th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 161st fewest cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 188th fewest cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

14th fewest bills among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 14 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1991: Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 53 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 49th most bills (tied w/ 44) out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 90th most bills (tied w/ 122) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

39th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 123 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 22nd least bipartisan out of 53 1
72% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 39th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 108th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 132nd least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 141st least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

33rd fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 28 others

1 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1991: Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 53 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 55th fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 78th fewest bills (tied w/ 86) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 95th fewest bills (tied w/ 98) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

71st fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 65 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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. 2710: Lawful Purpose and Self Defense ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 53 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th fewest bills (tied w/ 43) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

103rd fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Bishop cosponsored 123 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 34
599 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 44th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 87th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 91st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 103rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Bishop held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Bishop’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 10th highest score (tied w/ 39) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 10th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 12th highest score (tied w/ 38) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 13th highest score (tied w/ 40) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs fewest bills along with 36 others out of 53 0
5 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Bishop 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 26 others out of 53 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.