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Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Ohio
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Portman’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Portman’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 178 bills that Portman cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 7th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 of Portman’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. 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: S. 148: Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement ...; S. 294: Pro Football Hall of Fame ...; S. 334: End Government Shutdowns Act; S. 381: Bringing Missing Children Home Act ...; S. 422: A bill to amend title ...; S. 535: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of ...; S. 629: Making the Education of Nurses ...; S. 646: Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers ...; S. 1007: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1325: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1514: Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ ...; S. 1829: Efficient Space Exploration Act; S. 2147: Pension Accountability Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Portman cosponsored 178 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 Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Portman introduced 47 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Portman supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Portman 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Portman cosponsored S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 24th top leader compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Got the 25th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Portman’s bills and resolutions had 232 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Portman introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 535: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of ...; S. 2425: Patient Access and Medicare Protection ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Portman introduced 5 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 280: Federal Permitting Improvement Act of ...; S. 535: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of ...; S. 720: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 1596: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1607: Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Portman’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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: S. 280: Federal Permitting Improvement Act of ...; S. 294: Pro Football Hall of Fame ...; S. 720: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 1513: Second Chance Reauthorization Act; S. 2006: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Portman tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Portman’s 47 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Portman held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Portman’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Portman missed 1.8% of votes (6 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Portman’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (62nd 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.