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Rep. Steve Russell

Former Representative for Oklahoma’s 5th District

pronounced steev // rusl

Russell was the representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2015 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Steve Russell [R-OK5, 2015-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Russell.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Russell is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Russell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Russell was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Russell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Transportation and Public Works (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Education (9%) International Affairs (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Russell’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Russell voted Not Voting

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Russell voted No

Passed 230/188 on Mar 10, 2017.

H.R. 720 amends Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability by restoring mandatory sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits, in ...

Russell voted No

Passed 224/194 on Mar 9, 2017.

H.R. 725 establishes a uniform standard for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit in order to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction. ...

Russell voted Nay

Russell voted Nay

Russell voted No

Passed 241/185 on Sep 17, 2015.

H.R. 758 has been proposed to prevent frivolous lawsuits by amending the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require courts to order the plaintiff to ...

Russell voted Aye

Russell voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Russell voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2018, Russell missed 93 of 2,535 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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