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Sen. Angus King’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Maine
Independent
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover King’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 King’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.

 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among Senate Freshmen

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 King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Freshmen 2nd best score out of 17
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All Senators 46th worst score out of 100
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

3rd highest % of bills among Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 40% of King’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Freshmen 3rd highest % of bills out of 14 5
65% of bills View All
All Senators 26th highest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

7th most conservative among Senate Freshmen

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 King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Freshmen 7th most conservative out of 17
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All Senators 50th most liberal out of 100
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Bills Introduced

14th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

King introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 17 7
62 bills View All
All Senators 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Working with the House

16th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of King’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. 1007: Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of ...; S. 2207: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2803: A bill to remove a ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 17 0
15 bills View All
All Senators 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

23rd most voting among All Senators; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Freshmen 8th most voting out of 17 0
8% missed votes View All
All Senators 23rd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Cosponsors

28th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

King’s bills and resolutions had 123 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Freshmen 5th most cosponsors out of 17 23
809 cosponsors View All
All Senators 28th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

42nd fewest bills among All Senators

King cosponsored 214 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 8th most bills out of 17 112
403 bills View All
All Senators 42nd fewest bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. King introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen the fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 17 0
15 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of King’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen the fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 17 0
12 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

King held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View King’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Freshmen lowest score along with 5 others out of 17 0
2 points View All
All Senators the lowest score (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

King introduced 0 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen fewest bills along with 11 others out of 17 0
2 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 31 others out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether King supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave King 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Freshmen 5th least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 17 0
2 points View All
All Senators 30th most supportive (tied w/ 35) out of 100 0
8 points View All

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.

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.