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Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Portman’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Ranked 2nd 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 141 bills that Portman cosponsored, 54% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Portman introduced 33 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Portman’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (75th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Portman’s bills and resolutions had 196 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (77th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Portman introduced 10 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 226: A bill to exclude power ...; S. 385: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention ...; S. 873: TSP Modernization Act of 2017; S. 951: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017; S. 1693: Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act ...; S.Res. 75: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...; S.Res. 94: A resolution designating March 2017 ...; S.Res. 129: A resolution designating April 2017 ...; S.Res. 132: A resolution congratulating the Ashland ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 17th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Portman introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Portman’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 226: A bill to exclude power ...; S. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention ...; S. 951: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017; S. 1448: Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act ...; S. 1693: Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 372: STOP Act of 2017; S. 385: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 639: HOME Act; S. 840: Go to High School, Go ...; S. 918: End Government Shutdowns Act; S. 1074: Electronic Signature Standards Act of ...; S. 1195: Federal Register Printing Savings Act ...; S. 2051: Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

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 (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Portman cosponsored 141 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 (65th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Portman missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Portman’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Portman supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Portman 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Portman cosponsored S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (54th 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 2017) 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.