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Rep. Robert Aderholt’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Aderholt’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 Aderholt’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Alabama Delegation

Aderholt introduced 5 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Alabama Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Aderholt’s 5 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Aderholt caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Alabama Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Aderholt’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.Con.Res. 26: To express the sense of ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (13th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 125 bills that Aderholt cosponsored, 5% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Aderholt’s bills and resolutions had 33 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 Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 49th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Aderholt cosponsored 125 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 Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (17th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th least often compared to House Republicans (tied with 28 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Aderholt introduced 3 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3268: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; H.R. 5961: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; H.Con.Res. 101: Providing for a joint session ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Aderholt introduced 1 bill 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. 3268: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Aderholt’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.Res. 1152: Expressing support for the goals ...

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Aderholt 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 Aderholt’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Aderholt missed 4.1% of votes (50 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Aderholt’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); All Representatives (66th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Aderholt supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Aderholt 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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