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Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s 2020 Report Card

Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chair
Senior Senator from Minnesota
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Klobuchar’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Klobuchar was busy being Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Klobuchar cosponsored 833 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 Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Klobuchar missed 29.2% of votes (210 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Klobuchar’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically left compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Klobuchar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 71 of Klobuchar’s 118 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Klobuchar caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Klobuchar introduced 23 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 191: Burn Pits Accountability Act; S. 481: Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial …; S. 512: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of …; S. 520: A bill to require the …; S. 1224: Stop STALLING Act; S. 1289: Measuring the Economic Impact of …; S. 1640: Portable Fuel Container Safety Act …; S. 2535: Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st …; S. 3824: Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams …; S. 4674: Strengthening Medicaid Coverage of MAT …; S. 4847: Protecting Tourism in the United …; S. 4884: COVID–19 Home Safety Act of …; S. 4971: A bill to designate the …; S. 5086: Senate Shared Employee Act; S.Res. 44: A resolution raising awareness and …; S.Res. 131: A resolution designating April 2019 …; S.Res. 158: A resolution authorizing the use …; S.Res. 353: A resolution recognizing September 24, …; S.Res. 359: A resolution authorizing the use …; S.Res. 446: A resolution authorizing the printing …; S.Res. 480: A resolution raising awareness and …; S.Res. 707: A resolution recognizing September 1, …; S.Res. 719: A resolution recognizing September 22, …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th fewest laws compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 3 others)

Klobuchar introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 191: Burn Pits Accountability Act; S. 4674: Strengthening Medicaid Coverage of MAT …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (21st percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to All Senators

Klobuchar introduced 118 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Klobuchar’s bills and resolutions had 796 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Klobuchar’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 34 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. 95: Veterans Access to Care Act; S. 96: North Country National Scenic Trail …; S. 171: Abby Honold Act; S. 191: Burn Pits Accountability Act; S. 275: Skills Investment Act of 2019; S. 295: Promoting Rural Exports Act of …; S. 512: Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of …; S. 516: Prescription Drug Monitoring Act of …; S. 552: A bill to amend the …; S. 605: Child Care Workforce and Facilities …; S. 784: Supporting Children of the National …; S. 793: American Apprenticeship Act; S. 826: Safe Skies Act of 2019; S. 835: Newborn Care Improvement Act of …; S. 948: Conrad State 30 and Physician …; S. 963: FLAG Act of 2019; S. 1289: Measuring the Economic Impact of …; S. 1356: Honest Ads Act; S. 2226: Redistricting Reform Act of 2019; S. 2424: EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2019; S. 2535: Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st …; S. 3515: New Business Preservation Act; S. 3576: Disaster and Emergency Pricing Abuse …; S. 3701: Supporting Con­nec­tiv­ity for Higher Education …; S. 3747: WORK NOW Act; S. 3779: Skills Renewal Act; S. 3824: Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams …; S. 3825: Coronavirus Mental Health and Addiction …; S. 3868: Pandemic Care for Burn Pits …; S. 3972: COVID–19 Dependent Care Flexible Spending …; S. 4652: Election Mail Act of 2020; S. 4710: A bill to obtain and …; S. 4847: Protecting Tourism in the United …; S.Res. 576: A resolution recognizing the essential …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Klobuchar’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 62: Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate …; S. 120: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking …; S. 826: Safe Skies Act of 2019; S. 2226: Redistricting Reform Act of 2019; S. 2237: Monopolization Deterrence Act of 2019; S.Res. 480: A resolution raising awareness and …; S.Res. 538: A resolution authorizing the use …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (52nd 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 Party Leaders (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 833 bills that Klobuchar cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.