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Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Minnesota
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Klobuchar’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Klobuchar’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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Klobuchar cosponsored 375 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 25 of Klobuchar’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 117: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation ...; S. 149: STOP Identity Theft Act of ...; S. 245: Federal Communications Commission Collaboration Act ...; S. 394: Metal Theft Prevention Act of ...; S. 616: Conrad State 30 and Physician ...; S. 755: Enhanced Access to Medicaid Services ...; S. 1061: Veterans Access to Care Act; S. 1073: Gas Price and Refinery Capacity ...; S. 1078: A bill to direct the ...; S. 1314: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1321: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1358: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of ...; S. 1614: Accuracy for Adoptees Act; S. 1733: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act ...; S. 1777: Innovate America Act; S. 1816: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2032: Smartphone Theft Prevention Act; S. 2250: Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization ...; S. 2493: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2522: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2595: North Country National Scenic Trail ...; S. 2655: EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014; S.Res. 96: A resolution recognizing the celebration ...; S.Res. 419: A resolution recognizing the celebration ...; S.Con.Res. 43: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to All Senators

Klobuchar introduced 78 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Klobuchar introduced 4 bills that became law in the 113th 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: S. 1614: Accuracy for Adoptees Act; S. 2493: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2522: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2655: EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Ranked the 6th top leader compared to All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Klobuchar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 49% of Klobuchar’s 78 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

9 of Klobuchar’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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: S. 214: Preserve Access to Affordable Generics ...; S. 315: Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy ...; S. 638: Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of ...; S. 717: Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act; S. 1322: SALTS Act; S. 1614: Accuracy for Adoptees Act; S. 2254: COPS Improvements Act of 2014; S.Res. 157: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 524: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Klobuchar’s bills and resolutions had 457 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Klobuchar supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Klobuchar 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Klobuchar cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1207: Cameras in the Courtroom Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Klobuchar introduced 11 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 149: STOP Identity Theft Act of ...; S. 315: Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy ...; S. 394: Metal Theft Prevention Act of ...; S. 975: Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior ...; S. 1072: Small Airplane Revitalization Act of ...; S. 1793: Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial ...; S. 1947: Government Publishing Office Act of ...; S. 2250: Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization ...; S. 2523: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2599: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act ...; S.Res. 157: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Was 23rd most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Klobuchar missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Klobuchar’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 375 bills that Klobuchar cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ideology Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Klobuchar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Klobuchar held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Klobuchar’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.