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Rep. Steve Chabot’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Ohio's 1st District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Chabot’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Chabot’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Ohio Delegation

Chabot held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 Chabot’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Ohio Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Chabot’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to Ohio Delegation

Chabot missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Chabot’s Profile »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Representatives (3rd 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.


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Ohio Delegation

Chabot introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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: H.R. 558: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 889: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...; H.R. 2100: Girls Count Act of 2015; H.R. 2499: Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015; H.R. 6477: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th 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 5th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

16 of Chabot’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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: H.Res. 511: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.Res. 534: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.Res. 702: Celebrating the contributions of small ...; H.Res. 886: Recognizing November 26, 2016, as ...; H.R. 527: Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements ...; H.R. 889: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...; H.R. 2100: Girls Count Act of 2015; H.R. 2290: Volunteer Organization Protection Act of ...; H.R. 3684: Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for ...; H.R. 3858: September 11th VCF Reauthorization and ...; H.R. 3918: Strengthen Employment And Seasonal Opportunities ...; H.R. 4023: Clean Up the Code Act ...; H.R. 4341: Defending America’s Small Contractors Act ...; H.R. 4498: Helping Angels Lead Our Startups ...; H.R. 4783: Commercializing on Small Business Innovation ...; H.Con.Res. 88: Reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Chabot introduced 13 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 527: Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements ...; H.R. 558: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 889: Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity ...; H.R. 1023: Small Business Investment Company Capital ...; H.R. 1481: Small Contractors Improve Competition Act ...; H.R. 2100: Girls Count Act of 2015; H.R. 2499: Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015; H.R. 2584: Business Activity Tax Simplification Act ...; H.R. 4023: Clean Up the Code Act ...; H.R. 4341: Defending America’s Small Contractors Act ...; H.R. 4498: Helping Angels Lead Our Startups ...; H.R. 4783: Commercializing on Small Business Innovation ...; H.Con.Res. 88: Reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 15th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Chabot’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Chabot introduced 36 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 31st most bills compared to House Republicans

Chabot cosponsored 329 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 Ohio Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Ranked the 57th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Chabot’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 70th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

Chabot’s bills and resolutions had 555 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Ohio Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Chabot supported any of 40 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Chabot 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Chabot’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.Res. 511: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 1023: Small Business Investment Company Capital ...; H.R. 1248: To amend title 46, United ...

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 329 bills that Chabot cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Ohio Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

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


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 114th Congress) 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.