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Rep. Thomas Rooney’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Rooney’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Florida Delegation

Rooney’s bills and resolutions had 57 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (13th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Florida Delegation

Rooney held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Rooney’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Rooney introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (14th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Florida Delegation

Rooney cosponsored 203 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 Florida Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


 

Was 18th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Rooney missed 14.5% of votes (176 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Rooney’s Profile »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Representatives (96th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th 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 203 bills that Rooney cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Florida Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 44th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 26 others)

2 of Rooney’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 467: Expressing the sense of the ...; H.R. 6663: Secure Elections Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 61st least often compared to All Representatives (tied with 58 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rooney introduced 1 bill in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 506: Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rooney introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (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.


 

Working with the Senate

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. 506: Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act ...; H.R. 6663: Secure Elections Act

Compare to all Florida Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Rooney’s 9 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rooney caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Florida Delegation (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); House Republicans (52nd percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rooney supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Rooney cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Florida Delegation (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th 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 115th Congress) 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.