Cole is the representative for Oklahoma’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Cole is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Cole is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cole has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Tom Cole sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Rules Ranking Member
House Committee on Appropriations
- Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee Ranking Member
Cole was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2606 (115th): Stigler Act Amendments of 2018
- H.R. 6470 (115th): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
- H.R. 3358 (115th): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- H.R. 3020 (114th): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
- H.R. 3263 (112th): Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2012
- H.R. 5883 (112th): To make a technical correction in Public Law 112-108.
- H.R. 1423 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 4th Avenue Southwest in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the “Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office”.
Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cole sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Cole recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 7455: IHS Contract Support Cost Amendment Act
- H.Res. 991: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President of the …
- H.R. 7117: Protect American Election Administration Act of 2022
- H.R. 6919: Prohibition on Imports of Russian Oil Act
- H.R. 6668: Can’t Cancel Your Own Debt Act of 2022
- H.R. 6581: Bipartisan Social Security Commission Act of 2022
- H.R. 6561: Firearm Lockbox Protection Act of 2022
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2003 to Jun 2022, Cole missed 283 of 13,013 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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