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Sen. Angus King’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover King’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Senate Sophomores

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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

King’s bills and resolutions had 72 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom follower compared to Senate Sophomores

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from King’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 727: BTU Act of 2015; S. 1702: Fairness in Respondent Selection Act ...; S. 1899: Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act ...; S. 2212: Real Time Transparency Act; S. 3039: SMASH Act; S. 3126: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

King introduced 26 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. King introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 3027: Acadia National Park Schoodic Peninsula ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

3 of King’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 708: Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015; S. 3018: Securing Energy Infrastructure Act; S. 3039: SMASH Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether King supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave King 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

King sponsored S. 2212: Real Time Transparency Act

King cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (81st percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

King cosponsored 278 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 Sophomores (44th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

King introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

King tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 11 of King’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

King missed 2.2% of votes (11 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View King’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); All Senators (56th 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.