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Rep. Steve Cohen’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 9th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cohen’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 Cohen’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 Tennessee Delegation

Cohen 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. 4246: National Guard and Reservist Debt ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd 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 most liberal compared to Tennessee 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 Cohen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (10th percentile); Safe House Seats (5th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Tennessee Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 507 bills that Cohen cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).

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


 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Tennessee Delegation

Cohen missed 1.6% of votes (11 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Cohen’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to All Representatives

Cohen cosponsored 507 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 Tennessee Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 18th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cohen supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cohen 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cohen cosponsored H.R. 367: Campaign Sunlight Act of 2015; H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 1069: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (91st percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 28th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 15 others)

4 of Cohen’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. 1282: Horse Transportation Safety Act of ...; H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015; H.R. 1674: Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness ...; H.R. 2302: Police Training and Independent Review ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 38th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats

Cohen’s bills and resolutions had 318 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 Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).


 

Ranked the 45th top leader compared to House Democrats

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 Cohen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (63rd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 40th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 26 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Cohen’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. 219: John Tanner Fairness and Independence ...; H.R. 1282: Horse Transportation Safety Act of ...; H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015; H.R. 4101: POST Act of 2015

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 59th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Cohen introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (84th percentile); All Representatives (85th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cohen introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Cohen tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 32% of Cohen’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all House Democrats (53rd percentile); Safe House Seats (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Cohen 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 Cohen’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (36th percentile); All Representatives (38th 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 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.