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Rep. Todd Rokita’s 2014 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Rokita’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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. 3 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; H.R. 4773: CHOICE Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (77th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Was most absent in votes compared to Indiana Delegation

Rokita missed 4.3% of votes (52 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Rokita’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (72nd percentile); Safe House Seats (69th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

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 influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Indiana Delegation

4 of Rokita’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 567: State Health Flexibility Act of ...; H.R. 3154: RAISE Act; H.R. 3708: General Aviation Pilot Protection Act ...; H.R. 4366: Strengthening Education through Research Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (72nd percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 304 bills that Rokita cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (5th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).

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


 

Got the 18th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

Rokita’s bills and resolutions had 340 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (78th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 21st fewest bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 4 others)

Rokita introduced 9 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (29th percentile); Safe House Seats (28th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 31st most bills compared to House Republicans

Rokita cosponsored 304 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 (78th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); Safe House Seats (70th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Rokita introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through 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 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 2802: To designate the facility of ...; H.R. 4366: Strengthening Education through Research Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); Safe House Seats (59th percentile); All Representatives (59th 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 (46th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


Additional Notes

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 113th Congress) 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.