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Rep. Robert Latta’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 5th District
Republican
Serving Dec 13, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Latta’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 Latta’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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Latta missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Latta’s Profile »

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Ohio Delegation

Latta introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Ohio Delegation

7 of Latta’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.R. 1653: Drinking Water Affordability Act; H.R. 2355: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act; H.R. 3388: SELF DRIVE Act; H.R. 4284: INFO Act; H.R. 4881: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; H.R. 5333: Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and ...; H.R. 6032: SMART IoT Act

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Ohio Delegation (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Latta’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. 4881: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (19th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 15th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 202 bills that Latta cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (8th percentile); House Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 19th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Latta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 27th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 15 others)

Latta introduced 3 bills 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. 4227: Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 4284: INFO Act; H.R. 4881: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 44th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Latta introduced 9 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 590: Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act ...; H.R. 3388: SELF DRIVE Act; H.R. 4227: Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 4284: INFO Act; H.R. 4881: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; H.R. 5239: Cyber Sense Act of 2018; H.R. 5333: Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and ...; H.R. 6032: SMART IoT Act; H.Con.Res. 106: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Latta’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Latta caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Latta 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 Latta’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Latta cosponsored 202 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 Ohio Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Latta’s bills and resolutions had 201 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 Ohio Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Latta’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Latta supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Latta 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Latta cosponsored H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Republicans (47th 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 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.