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Jim Jordan Rated One Of The Least Effective GOP Members Of Congress
When we think of effective politicians, we often picture those who made significant contributions towards creating or enacting laws. These are people who have a deep understanding of the needs of their constituents and have worked hard to craft policies that reflect them. Unfortunately, not all politicians are equally effective. Take, for instance, Jim Jordan, the Republican congressman from Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, who has been rated as one of the least effective GOP members of Congress.
It is perplexing to think that a man who has been in Congress since 2007 may not have accomplished much, but that’s precisely how Jim Jordan’s career in politics has panned out. Jordan, who is a lawyer, has served his constituents as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Education and Labor Committee, and the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Despite being a member of some of the most influential committees, his tenure has been marked by inaction and posturing.
It is not surprising that a study by GovTrack, a non-partisan organization that tracks bills and voting records, placed Jordan as the 285th most effective out of 438 House members during the 116th Congress. In comparison, when it comes to introducing bills, he ranks in at 428th place. When it comes to successful bills, he’s ranked dead last. During the 116th Congress, Jordan had an impressive zero percent bill passage rate. Not even one of his proposed bills passed the House.
When you think of a politician, you would likely picture someone who is adept at crafting bipartisan bills that can be pushed through Congress. Sadly, that is not the case with Jim Jordan. He has never been a member of a majority in Congress, so it’s difficult to ascertain how much of his lack of success can be attributed to being in the minority party. Nonetheless, there seems to be a significant amount of evidence that indicates that his lack of effectiveness is not just a matter of circumstances.
So, what makes Jim Jordan so ineffective? As an elected official, it’s his job to work with his fellow members of Congress, regardless of their party affiliation, to serve his constituents. But instead, Jordan often takes an aggressive, confrontational approach that appears calculated to gain media attention rather than accomplish policy achievement. He is known for his confrontational style of questioning and his willingness to speak out on controversial issues like immigration and the Department of Justice’s investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign ties with Russia.
However, it’s worth noting that Jordan is not entirely without accomplishments. He played a significant role in helping pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which became Trump’s signature domestic legislative accomplishment. Jordan also played a role in uncovering the IRS scandal back in 2013, where it was revealed that the agency was targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
But compared to his other accomplishments, these pale in comparison. Jordan’s tenure in politics has mostly been marked by him playing to his base and spouting off soundbites that appeal to his constituency but fail to make any significant impact in Congress. For instance, Jordan opposes wearing masks during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, despite scientific evidence indicating its efficacy in curbing the virus’s spread.
In conclusion, Jim Jordan is a man who has been in Congress for over a decade and has little to show for it. The lack of effectiveness during his time in Congress is not only perplexing, but it calls into question his motivations for being there in the first place. By continuing to push for bills that are unlikely to pass, taking a combative approach towards other members of Congress, and focusing more on rhetoric than legislative success, it is likely that his lack of effectiveness will continue for the foreseeable future. It is high time for Jim Jordan to start focusing on policy achievements that will benefit his constituents and the country at large rather than seeking publicity for his opinions on contentious issues.