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Rep. Rodney Davis’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 13th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Davis’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives 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 Davis’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Illinois Delegation

Davis introduced 1 bill 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: H.R. 22: FAST Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (94th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (86th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (82nd 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.


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to Illinois Delegation

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 Davis’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (82nd percentile); House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Davis’s bills and resolutions had 483 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 Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (96th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Davis’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 22: FAST Act; H.R. 973: Social Security Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 1685: Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations ...; H.R. 2061: EACH Act; H.R. 2508: Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (93rd percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59% of Davis’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Davis introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (87th percentile); House Sophomores (89th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to House Republicans

Davis cosponsored 255 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 Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (87th percentile); House Sophomores (74th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 27th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 255 bills that Davis cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Sophomores (45th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Davis held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (64th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Davis supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Davis 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Davis’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: H.R. 22: FAST Act; H.R. 2061: EACH Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Sophomores (52nd percentile); House Republicans (49th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Davis introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2061: EACH Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (61st percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Davis missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Davis’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Competitive House Seats (62nd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


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.