Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that became law. What else has he done in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that made it into law during his decade in Congress: the renaming of a U.S. Post Office in Alabama.

Brooks, the embattled and unapologetic congressman from northern Alabama, has come under pressure after helping mobilize a contentious challenge of the recent presidential election results. He is also accused of inciting the deadly protest last week at the Capitol in Washington D.C.

A staunch conservative and unwavering ally of President Donald Trump, Brooks is little-known outside of Alabama. However, his role in leading the objection to certifying Joe Biden’s Electoral College win and the comments he made before hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol has thrust him into the national spotlight.

Brooks is also known for his disdain of federal government spending, which might explain his Congressional legislative track record that, in addition to the successful post office renaming, includes his serving as a cosponsor on fewer than 50 bills since 2011.

Now entering his 10th year as the U.S. House representative of Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, what bills sponsored by Brooks have made it to the Oval Office to be signed into law?

His most successful effort to date was the renaming of a post office in Athens, Ala., and specifically: “To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1110 West Market Street in Athens, Alabama as the James E. Horton, Jr. Post Office Building.” 

That bill is one of 44 pieces of legislation where Brooks was a chief sponsor, a success rate of a little over a 2%. 

In addition, he has been a co-sponsor of 1,145 pieces of legislation, 48 of which became law — a little over 4% of the total.

The two most recent bills Brooks co-sponsored also involve renaming of post offices: The William Jackson Edwards III building in Fairhope and the Postmaster Robert Ingram building in Thomasville.

In all, Brooks has helped pass legislation to rename five USPS buildings, nine laws relating to commemorative coins and helped award Congressional Gold Medals to 10 people.

But Brooks’ future success rate is cloudy. 

Following last week’s Capitol melee, two House Democrats introduced a resolution to censure Brooks in Congress for his alleged incitement of the violence. In a speech last Wednesday, the day of the violence and deaths, Brooks said to the gathered crowd: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking some ass.”

Despite five people dying in the protest, Brooks refused to apologize or accept that he played any role in the violence, saying: “I make no apology for doing my absolute best to inspire patriotic Americans.”  

Brooks has at times been named the most partisan politician in the House, according to a 2018 report from the Lugar Center, a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington D.C. He’s been especially vocal when it comes to immigration and climate change. He even once suggested rising sea levels were because of rocks falling into the sea.

A list of all the bills Brooks has sponsored or cosponsored that became law: 

  1. H.R.6418 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 509 Fairhope Avenue in Fairhope, Alabama, as the “William ‘Jack’ Jackson Edwards III Post Office Building”
  2. H.R.5307 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 Nicol Avenue in Thomasville, Alabama, as the “Postmaster Robert Ingram Post Office”
  3. H.R.2423 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
  4.  H.R.1865 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020.
  5.  H.R.1830 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act
  6. H.R.1773 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.
  7. H.R.1396 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act.
  8. H.R.6513 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1110 West Market Street in Athens, Alabama, as the “Judge James E. Horton, Jr. Post Office Building”. Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5], Cosponsors: 6
  9. H.R.6227 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) National Quantum Initiative Act
  10. H.R.4646 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the “Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post Office Building”
  11. H.R.3298 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017
  12. H.R.2519 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.
  13. H.R.589 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act.
  14. H.R.582 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Kari’s Law Act of 2017
  15. H.J.Res.43 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.
  16. H.J.Res.40 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
  17. H.R.4777 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1301 Alabama Avenue in Selma, Alabama as the “Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building”
  18. H.R.4352 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016.
  19. H.R.2726 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.
  20. H.R.1624 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act.
  21. H.R.893 — 114th Congress (2015-2016 )Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.
  22. H.R.845 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act.
  23. H.R.774 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015
  24. H.R.431 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  25. H.R.22 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) FAST Act
  26. H.R.3304 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
  27. H.R.3302 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as the “C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”
  28. H.R.2939 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To award the Congressional Gold Medal to Shimon Peres
  29. H.R.2775 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.
  30. H.R.2366 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
  31. H.R.2203 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus, in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy
  32. H.R.2019 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act
  33. H.R.1209 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders”, for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo
  34. H.R.685 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Act
  35. H.R.360 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the lives they lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where these 4 little Black girls’ ultimate sacrifice served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement
  36. H.R.324 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II
  37. H.R.258 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) Stolen Valor Act of 2013
  38. H.R.5872 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012
  39. H.R.4158 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) To confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts’ space missions
  40. H.R.4105 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) To apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for other purposes
  41. H.R.3421 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act
  42. H.R.3001 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act
  43. H.R.2453 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act
  44. H.R.2447 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) To grant the congressional gold medal to the Montford Point Marines
  45. H.R.2139 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act
  46. H.R.1905 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012
  47. H.R.1464 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) North Korean Child Welfare Act of 2012.
  48. H.R.886 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
  49. H.R.4 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011

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