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Rep. Todd Rokita’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to Indiana Delegation (tied with 1 other)

4 of Rokita’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of ...; H.R. 1003: RAISE Act; H.R. 1086: General Aviation Pilot Protection Act ...; H.R. 3157: Student Privacy Protection Act

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (78th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); Safe House Seats (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Rokita held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Rokita’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th fewest bills compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Rokita introduced 8 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (33rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); Safe House Seats (34th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of ...; H.R. 618: CHOICE Act; H.R. 1003: RAISE Act; H.R. 1086: General Aviation Pilot Protection Act ...; H.R. 1511: Educational Opportunities Act; H.R. 2702: Safety Through Informed Consumers Act ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (89th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); Safe House Seats (94th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rokita introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of ...

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); Safe House Seats (45th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 39th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 156 bills that Rokita cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (22nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (11th percentile); House Republicans (15th percentile); Safe House Seats (10th percentile); All Representatives (9th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Rokita introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (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 Cosponsored

Rokita cosponsored 156 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 (44th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); House Republicans (56th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Rokita’s bills and resolutions had 162 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (56th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (42nd percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); Safe House Seats (57th percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Rokita missed 2.0% of votes (14 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Rokita’s Profile »

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (56th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (52nd percentile); All Representatives (53rd 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rokita supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Rokita 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Indiana Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 2015) 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.