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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Cole.
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 Jun 11, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Tom Cole sits on the following committees:
Cole was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 288 (116th): Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2019
- 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.
Does 9 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:
Some of Cole’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3091: To support clarity and consistency with regard to the exercise of criminal jurisdiction ...
- H.Res. 84: Authorizing and directing Committee on House Administration to report recommendations to the House ...
- H.Res. 1228 (116th): Recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the cultures and contributions ...
- H.R. 6148 (116th): TRICARE ECHO Improvement Act
- H.Res. 668 (116th): Providing for consideration of the resolution (H.Res. 660) directing certain committees to ...
- H.R. 4825 (116th): Firearm Lockbox Protection Act of 2019
- H.R. 1401 (116th): Bipartisan Social Security Commission Act of 2019
From Jan 2003 to May 2021, Cole missed 278 of 12,421 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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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