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Rep. Thomas Rooney’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Florida's 17th District
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Rooney’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him 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 Rooney’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.

 

Leadership Score

6th worst score among Florida Delegation

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 Rooney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Florida Delegation 6th worst score out of 27
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House Republicans 83rd worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 185th worst score out of 439
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Cosponsors

7th fewest cosponsors among Florida Delegation

Rooney’s bills and resolutions had 138 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
Florida Delegation 7th fewest cosponsors out of 27 2
1,029 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 88th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 152nd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 4) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Ideology Score

9th most conservative among Florida 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 Rooney’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Florida Delegation 9th most conservative out of 27
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House Republicans 91st most liberal out of 247
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All Representatives 157th most conservative out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

10th fewest bills among Florida Delegation

Rooney cosponsored 230 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
Florida Delegation 10th fewest bills out of 27 139
818 bills View All
House Republicans 122nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 154th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

10th fewest bills among Florida Delegation; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 3
106 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
 

Working with the Senate

10th fewest bills among Florida Delegation; tied with 5 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Rooney’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. 2466: Cuba Normalization Accountability Act of ...; H.R. 4183: Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 27 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 181st fewest bills (tied w/ 77) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

9th least supportive among Florida Delegation; tied with 9 others

GovTrack looked at whether Rooney supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rooney 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.Con.Res. 169: Establishing a Joint Committee on ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Florida Delegation 9th least supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 27 0
12 points View All
House Republicans 49th most supportive (tied w/ 71) out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives 137th least supportive (tied w/ 93) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

27th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 230 bills that Rooney cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Florida Delegation 13th least bipartisan out of 27 10
55% of bills View All
House Republicans 27th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 179th 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.

 

Missed Votes

79th most absent among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Rooney missed 5.3% of votes (70 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Rooney’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Florida Delegation 11th most absent out of 27 0
15% missed votes View All
All Representatives 79th most absent (tied w/ 2) 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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

61st fewest bills among All Representatives; tied with 57 others

1 of Rooney’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. 5996: Halt Arms and Promote Peace ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 27 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 34th fewest bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 61st fewest bills (tied w/ 57) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

128th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 39 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Rooney’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
Florida Delegation 10th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 27 0
17 bills View All
House Republicans 80th most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 128th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rooney introduced 0 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 10 others out of 27 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 114 others out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Rooney 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 Rooney’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Florida Delegation 4th highest score (tied w/ 11) out of 27 0
5 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Rooney introduced 0 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Florida Delegation fewest bills along with 14 others out of 27 0
8 View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 109 others out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 215 others 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.

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.