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Rep. Susan Brooks’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Indiana's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Brooks’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 Brooks’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 Indiana Delegation

Brooks 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. 623: DHS Social Media Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2805: Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse ...; H.R. 3242: Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act ...; H.R. 3681: Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric ...; H.R. 5509: To name the Department of ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (96th 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 bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Indiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Brooks’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.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Indiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Brooks missed 1.2% of votes (16 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brooks’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (30th percentile); All Representatives (27th 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.


 

Ranked the 7th top leader compared to 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brooks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (82nd percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to House Sophomores (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brooks introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3242: Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act ...; H.R. 3299: Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response ...; H.R. 4641: To provide for the establishment ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (78th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 37th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 260 bills that Brooks cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (44th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Got the 83rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Brooks’s bills and resolutions had 496 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 Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Brooks introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Brooks’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.R. 623: DHS Social Media Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2992: Merchant Marine of World War ...; H.R. 3299: Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response ...; H.R. 5097: STALL Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Brooks held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Brooks’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Brooks tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 9 of Brooks’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (67th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Brooks cosponsored 260 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 Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (30th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Brooks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (64th 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 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.