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Rep. Todd Rokita’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Rokita’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 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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the most bills among Indiana Delegation

6 of Rokita’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. 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; H.R. 4362: State Health Flexibility Act of ...; H.R. 5003: Improving Child Nutrition and Education ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
6 bills View All
House Republicans 39th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 70th most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

3rd fewest bills among Indiana Delegation

Rokita introduced 12 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 9 4
26 bills View All
House Republicans 90th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 152nd fewest bills (tied w/ 14) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

3rd fewest bills among Indiana Delegation

Rokita tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Rokita’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd fewest bills out of 9 0
14 bills View All
House Republicans 77th fewest bills (tied w/ 24) out of 247 0
30 bills View All
All Representatives 144th fewest bills (tied w/ 45) out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

3rd most absent among Indiana Delegation

Rokita missed 2.4% of votes (32 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Rokita’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Indiana Delegation 3rd most absent out of 9 1
7% missed votes View All
All Representatives 202nd 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.

 

Leadership Score

4th worst score among Indiana 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 Rokita’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Indiana Delegation 4th worst score out of 9
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House Republicans 115th best score out of 247
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All Representatives 163rd best score out of 439
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Cosponsors

4th fewest cosponsors among Indiana Delegation

Rokita’s bills and resolutions had 226 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
Indiana Delegation 4th fewest cosponsors out of 9 16
771 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 111th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 200th most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

4th highest score among House Republicans; tied with 4 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Indiana Delegation the highest score out of 9 0
6 points View All
House Republicans 4th highest score (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 5th highest score (tied w/ 6) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

16th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 7 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 2500: Voluntary Protection Program Act; H.R. 2702: Safety Through Informed Consumers Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation the most bills out of 9 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 31st most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

41st most conservative among All Representatives

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 Rokita’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Indiana Delegation 2nd most conservative out of 9
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House Republicans 41st most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 41st most conservative out of 439
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Bills Cosponsored

57th most bills among House Republicans

Rokita cosponsored 287 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
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bills out of 9 133
392 bills View All
House Republicans 57th most bills out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 195th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

89th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 287 bills that Rokita cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Indiana Delegation 4th least bipartisan out of 9 6
43% of bills View All
House Republicans 88th least bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 89th least 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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

75th fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 53 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rokita introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of ...; H.R. 5003: Improving Child Nutrition and Education ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Indiana Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
4 bills View All
House Republicans 75th fewest bills (tied w/ 53) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bills (tied w/ 86) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rokita supported any of 40 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Indiana Delegation least supportive along with 3 others out of 9 0
5 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 126 others out of 247 0
10 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 135 others out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Rokita 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
Indiana Delegation the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 9 0
5 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.