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Rep. Rob Bishop’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Utah's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Bishop’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Ranked 26th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 29th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 197 bills that Bishop cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 40th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bishop introduced 5 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1991: Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act ...; H.R. 3764: Tribal Recognition Act of 2016; H.R. 4680: National Park Service Centennial Act; H.R. 5468: To direct the Secretary of ...; H.R. 5780: Utah Public Lands Initiative Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 31 others)

2 of Bishop’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1991: Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act ...; H.R. 2710: Lawful Purpose and Self Defense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 52nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 47 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 2 of Bishop’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (12th percentile).


 

Was 88th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Bishop missed 5.0% of votes (66 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 104th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Bishop cosponsored 197 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 (25th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Bishop’s bills and resolutions had 140 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (34th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bishop introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 4680: National Park Service Centennial Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (49th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Bishop supported any of 40 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.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

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. View Bishop’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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 ...; H.J.Res. 92: Proposing an amendment to the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bishop’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Bishop introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); House Republicans (46th percentile); All Representatives (43rd 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 114th Congress) 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.