Read our 2019 Report Card for Portman.
Portman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Portman has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Robert “Rob” Portman sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Finance
- Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy subcommittee Chair
- Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Joint Economic Committee
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Africa and Global Health Policy, Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues subcommittees
Portman was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1539: Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act of 2019
- S. 1023 (115th): Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S. 3635: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S. 3050: 21st Century IDEA
- S. 3057: STOP Act of 2018
- S. 226: A bill to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination or ceiling fans using ...
- S. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017
Does 33 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Portman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (22%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Taxation (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) International Affairs (11%) Energy (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Education (6%)
Some of Portman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4200: A bill to establish a program to facilitate the adoption of modern technology ...
- S. 4201: A bill to direct the Federal Communications Commission to take certain actions to ...
- S.Res. 651: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that, while the United States ...
- S. 4128: A bill to extend the authority for the establishment by the Peace Corps ...
- S. 4103: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase ...
- S. 4077: A bill to amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 to provide ...
- S. 3996: A bill to amend the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1979, relating ...
From Jan 2011 to Jul 2020, Portman missed 33 of 2,802 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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