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Rep. Robert Aderholt’s 2022 Report Card

Representative from Alabama's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Aderholt’s record during the 117th Congress (Jan 3, 2021-Jan 3, 2023) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Feb 12, 2023.

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 the 117th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Alabama Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Aderholt’s bills and resolutions had 5 cosponsors in the 117th 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

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 the 117th Congress.

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (5th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 18th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 14 others)

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. 840: Recognizing the 100th anniversary of …

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (18th percentile); All Representatives (10th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 42nd fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Aderholt cosponsored 167 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 (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Aderholt introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 117th Congress. 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 the 117th Congress 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).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Aderholt’s bills and resolutions in the 117th 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.

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


 

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 (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 167 bills that Aderholt cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Aderholt missed 1.4% of votes (14 of 998 votes) in the 117th Congress. View Aderholt’s Profile »

Compare to all Alabama Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

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 117th Congress) was the 117th Congress (freshmen) or 116th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.