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Rep. Robert Aderholt’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Aderholt’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 1 bill and resolution in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Republicans (1st percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Alabama Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

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

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


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Alabama Delegation

Aderholt’s bills and resolutions had 1 cosponsor in 2019. 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

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

0 of Aderholt’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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.

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


 

Cosponsored the 24th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Aderholt cosponsored 76 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 (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).


 

Was 32nd most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Aderholt missed 3.7% of votes (26 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Aderholt’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Representatives (76th 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.


 

Laws Enacted

Aderholt introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Aderholt introduced 0 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Aderholt’s 1 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Aderholt caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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 (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 76 bills that Aderholt cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.