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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.

 

Laws Enacted

the most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
5 View All
House Sophomores the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 73 0
5 View All
House Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 5th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 439 0
8 View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

the fewest bills among 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
7 bills View All
House Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 46) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

2nd most voting among 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 »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Indiana Delegation 2nd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 9 1
7% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 23rd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 117th most voting (tied w/ 7) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

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.

 

Ideology Score

4th most liberal among Indiana 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brooks’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Indiana Delegation 4th most liberal out of 9
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House Sophomores 29th most conservative out of 73
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House Republicans 88th most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 160th most conservative out of 439
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Leadership Score

7th best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Indiana Delegation 2nd best score out of 9
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House Sophomores 7th best score out of 73
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House Republicans 44th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 47th best score out of 439
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Bills Out of Committee

9th most bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 2nd most bills out of 9 0
4 bills View All
House Sophomores 9th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Republicans 76th most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 82nd most bills (tied w/ 54) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

20th fewest bills among House Sophomores; tied with 3 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 4
26 bills View All
House Sophomores 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Republicans 98th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 167th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

23rd fewest bills among House Sophomores

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 5th fewest bills out of 9 133
392 bills View All
House Sophomores 23rd fewest bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Republicans 88th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 192nd fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

37th most bipartisan among 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 »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bipartisan out of 9 6
43% of bills View All
House Sophomores 33rd least bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 37th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 202nd most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

68th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 25 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
6 bills View All
House Sophomores 18th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 68th most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 127th most bills (tied w/ 50) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

83rd most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Indiana Delegation 2nd most cosponsors out of 9 16
771 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores 14th most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 47th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 83rd most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

89th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 27 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Brooks’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 9 0
14 bills View All
House Sophomores 17th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 89th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

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. 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 Brooks’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Indiana Delegation lowest score along with 4 others out of 9 0
6 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 47 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Republicans lowest score along with 94 others out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brooks supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Indiana Delegation least supportive along with 3 others out of 9 0
5 points View All
House Sophomores the least supportive (tied w/ 14) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All

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.

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.