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Rep. Tom Cole’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Oklahoma's 4th District
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Cole’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 Cole’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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

11th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cole introduced 12 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 101: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 448: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 495: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 526: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 560: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 566: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 736: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 751: Relating to consideration of the ...; H.Res. 901: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 1219: Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and ...; H.R. 3020: Departments of Labor, Health and ...; H.R. 5926: Departments of Labor, Health and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 185 0
22 bills View All
House Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
24 bills View All
All Representatives 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

29th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 Cole’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 29th most conservative out of 185
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House Republicans 119th most conservative out of 247
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All Representatives 119th most conservative out of 439
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Missed Votes

50th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Cole missed 1.5% of votes (20 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cole’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 50th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 182 0
29% missed votes View All
All Representatives 157th most voting (tied w/ 9) 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

54th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 282 bills that Cole cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 72nd least bipartisan out of 185 1
69% of bills View All
House Republicans 54th most bipartisan out of 246 1
46% of bills View All
All Representatives 203rd 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 Cosponsored

60th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 3 others

Cole cosponsored 282 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
Serving 10+ Years 91st most bills out of 185 14
1,007 bills View All
House Republicans 60th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 247 1
563 bills View All
All Representatives 201st most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

68th fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years

Cole’s bills and resolutions had 168 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
Serving 10+ Years 68th fewest cosponsors out of 185 2
1,647 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 104th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
1,242 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 175th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

77th fewest bills among House Republicans; tied with 24 others

Cole tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Cole’s 18 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 66th fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 185 0
30 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
 

Powerful Cosponsors

76th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 27 others

3 of Cole’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. 249: To amend the Act of ...; H.R. 2058: FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act ...; H.R. 3137: To reaffirm the trust status ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 76th fewest bills (tied w/ 27) out of 185 0
20 bills View All
House Republicans 94th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 247 0
20 bills View All
All Representatives 178th most bills (tied w/ 70) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

87th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 7 others

Cole introduced 18 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 79th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 185 2
76 bills View All
House Republicans 87th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 247 0
64 bills View All
All Representatives 164th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

103rd worst score among House Republicans

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 Cole’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 89th worst score out of 185
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House Republicans 103rd worst score out of 247
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All Representatives 217th worst score out of 439
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Committee Positions

Cole 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. 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 Cole’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 40th lowest score (tied w/ 87) out of 185 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 47th highest score (tied w/ 105) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 70th highest score (tied w/ 199) out of 439 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Cole’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 28) out of 185 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 46) out of 247 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives the fewest bills (tied w/ 80) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cole supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cole 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 58 others out of 185 0
12 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

Cole introduced 1 bill 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 »

Those bills were: H.R. 3020: Departments of Labor, Health and ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 39th most bills (tied w/ 57) out of 185 0
8 View All
House Republicans 55th most bills (tied w/ 82) out of 247 0
8 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) 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.