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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.

 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
1 laws View All
Competitive House Seats 3rd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Sophomores 2nd most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 73 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives 14th most bills (tied w/ 66) out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Illinois Delegation 2nd best score out of 18
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Competitive House Seats 3rd best score out of 55
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House Sophomores 2nd best score out of 73
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House Republicans 20th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 21st best score out of 440
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Ideology Score

2nd most conservative among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Illinois Delegation 2nd most conservative out of 18
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Competitive House Seats 10th most conservative out of 55
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House Sophomores 21st most conservative out of 73
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House Republicans 113th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 113th most conservative out of 440
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Cosponsors

3rd most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Illinois Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 18 0
656 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 4th most cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 3rd most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,020 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 21st most cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 33rd most cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the Senate

3rd most bills among 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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 2nd most bills out of 18 0
6 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 28th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th highest % of bills among 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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Illinois Delegation the highest % of bills out of 9 9
59% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 8th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 20 19
77% of bills View All
House Sophomores 4th highest % of bills out of 36 8
73% of bills View All
House Republicans 22nd highest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 27th highest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

4th most bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Davis introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 18 0
3 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills (tied w/ 16) out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 73 0
9 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 84) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 97th most bills (tied w/ 139) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

7th most bills among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 2nd most bills out of 18 0
22 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Sophomores 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 1
39 bills View All
House Republicans 40th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 70th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

8th fewest bills among Illinois Delegation; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
6 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores 24th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 170th most bills (tied w/ 77) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

12th most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Illinois Delegation 4th most bills out of 18 21
381 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 7th most bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Sophomores 19th most bills out of 73 87
480 bills View All
House Republicans 12th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 84th most bills out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

18th most absent among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Illinois Delegation 8th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 18 0
16% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 18th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 26th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
23% missed votes View All
All Representatives 195th most absent (tied w/ 8) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

27th most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Illinois Delegation 9th least bipartisan out of 18 7
58% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 26th least bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Sophomores 34th least bipartisan out of 73 5
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 27th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 191st most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Davis’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Illinois Delegation highest score along with 8 others out of 18 0
1 points View All
Competitive House Seats 6th highest score (tied w/ 20) out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 24) out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Davis supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Illinois Delegation the least supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 18 0
7 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 30 others out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Sophomores least supportive along with 23 others out of 73 0
6 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

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.

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.