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Rep. Todd Rokita’s 2013 Report Card

Representative from Indiana's 4th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Rokita’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Rokita’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Indiana Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Rokita’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. 1381: Educational Opportunities Act; H.R. 3154: RAISE Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (68th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (66th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Indiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Rokita supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rokita 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Rokita cosponsored H.R. 2475: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Indiana Delegation

Rokita’s bills and resolutions had 165 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (67th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to House Sophomores

Rokita missed 7.0% of votes (45 of 641 votes) in 2013. View Rokita’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th 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 19th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 195 bills that Rokita cosponsored, 3% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (7th percentile); House Republicans (8th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (4th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 20th fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 14 others)

Rokita introduced 6 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 32nd most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Rokita cosponsored 195 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 (78th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rokita introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rokita introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Rokita’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 567: State Health Flexibility Act of ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (31st percentile); All Representatives (31st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Rokita 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. View Rokita’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (60th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); Safe House Seats (46th percentile); All Representatives (47th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.