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Rep. Steve Cohen’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cohen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); House Democrats (16th percentile); All Representatives (7th 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 601 bills that Cohen cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Democrats (34th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Cohen cosponsored 601 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); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cohen introduced 1 bill in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 767: SOAR to Health and Wellness ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Democrats (49th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 1467: SEAT Act of 2017; H.R. 1870: Police Training and Independent Review ...; H.R. 2920: CARERS Act of 2017; H.R. 3575: Housing Accountability Act of 2017; H.R. 3944: Police CAMERA Act of 2017; H.R. 4181: POST Act of 2017; H.R. 4669: Special Counsel Integrity Act

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Held the 3rd fewest committee positions compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 3 others)

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. 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 Cohen’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cohen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Was 16th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Cohen missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Cohen’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th 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.


 

Introduced the 29th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

Cohen introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 28th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 9 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Cohen’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); House Democrats (81st percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 35th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Cohen’s bills and resolutions had 543 cosponsors in 2017. 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); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); House Democrats (90th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cohen introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (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

3 of Cohen’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 256: Expressing support for the countries ...; H.R. 1870: Police Training and Independent Review ...; H.R. 4040: Horse Transportation Safety Act of ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Democrats (60th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cohen supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cohen 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cohen cosponsored H.R. 3462: Office of Government Ethics Independence ...; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.