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Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Portman’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Portman introduced 54 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th 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 160 bills that Portman cosponsored, 51% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 104: End Government Shutdowns Act; S. 194: Child Custody Protection Act of ...; S. 548: EMPOWER Care Act; S. 652: Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal ...; S. 767: Housing for Homeless Students Act ...; S. 927: National Aviation Heritage Area Reauthorization ...; S. 966: Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act ...; S. 1220: Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments ...; S. 1324: BuyAmerican.gov Act of 2019; S. 1572: Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study ...; S. 1888: Go to High School, Go ...; S. 1925: Combating Meth and Cocaine Act; S. 1976: Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs ...; S. 2472: Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility ...; S. 3010: Supporting and Empowering the Nation ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 43 of Portman’s 54 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Portman caucused with in 2019.

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

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 6th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Portman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Portman’s bills and resolutions had 339 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (87th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 16th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Portman introduced 13 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 195: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...; S. 196: Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act of ...; S. 500: Restore Our Parks Act; S. 1434: Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act ...; S. 1539: Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations ...; S. 1976: Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs ...; S. 2065: Deepfake Report Act of 2019; S. 2137: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 2472: Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility ...; S. 2593: End Government Shutdowns Act; S.Res. 74: A resolution marking the fifth ...; S.Res. 367: A resolution condemning the horrific ...; S.Res. 375: A resolution recognizing the 75th ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Portman missed 0.5% of votes (2 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Portman’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Portman introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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

6 of Portman’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 500: Restore Our Parks Act; S. 652: Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal ...; S. 869: Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act; S. 1539: Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations ...; S. 2065: Deepfake Report Act of 2019; S. 2137: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

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 (23rd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Portman cosponsored 160 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 (55th percentile); All Senators (29th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.