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Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Portman’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators 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 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 2nd 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 227 bills that Portman cosponsored, 51% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Portman supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Portman 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Portman sponsored S. 3438: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Portman cosponsored S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act; S. 3027: Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Portman’s bills and resolutions had 401 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 Senate Republicans (86th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 45 of Portman’s 54 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Portman caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (86th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Portman introduced 8 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: S. 226: A bill to exclude power ...; S. 652: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention ...; S. 1023: Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1089: A bill to require the ...; S. 1195: Federal Register Printing Savings Act ...; S. 3050: 21st Century IDEA; S. 3057: STOP Act of 2018; S. 3635: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th 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 influential cosponsors the 10th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

12 of Portman’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: 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 ...; S. 2456: CARA 2.0 Act of 2018; S. 3017: Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs ...; S. 3050: 21st Century IDEA; S. 3057: STOP Act of 2018; S. 3172: Restore Our Parks Act; S. 3278: Protecting Taxpayers Act; S.Res. 435: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (84th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Portman introduced 20 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 1023: Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1089: A bill to require the ...; S. 1195: Federal Register Printing Savings Act ...; S. 1693: Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act ...; S. 2113: Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act ...; S. 3050: 21st Century IDEA; S. 3057: STOP Act of 2018; S. 3172: Restore Our Parks Act; S. 3635: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 435: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 440: A resolution designating April 2018 ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Portman introduced 54 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Working with the House

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. 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 ...; S. 2227: EMPOWER Care Act; S. 2280: Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial ...; S. 2284: BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2018; S. 3017: Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs ...; S.Res. 435: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (59th 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 (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Portman cosponsored 227 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 (64th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Portman missed 0.7% of votes (4 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Portman’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (33rd 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.