I realized this morning that we haven’t really talked about my congressman, Pat Tiberi, very much at all this sesson. Wondering why that was, I thought I’d go check Thomas.LOC.gov to see what he’s been up to.
He hasn’t been up to much. In fact, there are just 10 references in the current Congressional Record, and no official record of any bills being sponsored (but 79 co-sponsored):
- Election of Minority Members to Certain Standing Committees of the House (Ways and Means)
- Commending the Florida Gators for Winning the National College Football Championship (mentioned by Rep Keller as receiving condolences!)
- Election of Minority Members to Certain Standing Committees of the House (Budget)
- Communication from Chairman of Committee on Ways and Means (Letter mentioning Tiberi’s recommendation to the Budget Committee)
- Recognizing the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Antonio and Ida Frissora (speech recognizing his aunt and uncle’s anniversary)
- Iraq War Resolution (Mr. TIBERI: “Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to the resolution this evening” followed by a bunch of cheerleading for the war.)
- Recognizing the 100th birthday of Mr. Howard LeFevre (speech)
- Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (some rant about out of control spending and “lack of transparency” in support of an amendment to shave $1.2m from the funds allocated to the Office of General Counsel in the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management)
- Recognizing the Leadership and Accomplishments of Karen Holbrook during her Tenure as the President of The Ohio State University (speech)
- FHA Manufactured Housing Loan Modernization Act of 2007 (submitted this past Monday, Tiberi was mentioned as a cosponsor)
He’s the least active member of the Ohio Delegation. (Chabot 28 appearances in the Congressional Record, 11 bills sponsored, 136 co-sponsored; Schmidt 22,7,61; Turner 18,1,48; Jordan 41,4,64; Gillmor 19,11,115; Wilson 45,1,88; Hobson 16,2,32; Boenher 63,4,19; Kaptur 65,20,190; Kucinich 148,9,249; Jones 50,15,185; Sutton 61,8,209; LaTourette 20,6,135; Pryce 12,5,65; Regula 16,3,43; Ryan 47,3,126; Space 27,5,107). Now, mentions in the congressional record and bill sponsorship is not the end-all-be-all of being a legislator, but it does indicate how involved someone is. Tiberi doesn’t seem very involved. He certainly doesn’t seem to be a leader – he occasionally co-sponsors a bill, and mostly just votes.
At least he shows up to vote, even if he virtually always votes the GOP line. Interestingly, one of the few times he’s broken with the party on a significant vote was when he voted against HR580, which provided for a 120 day limit to interim US Attorney appointments (GOP broke slightly for this amendment). The other major vote was he voted for HR1 (implementing most of the rest of the 9/11 Commission recommendations), which only about 1/3rd of all Reeps voted for.