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Sen. Barbara Boxer’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from California
Democrat
Served Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Boxer’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Boxer’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 2nd most committee positions compared to All Senators

Boxer held a leadership position on 2 committees and 2 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 Boxer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Boxer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (3rd percentile); Senate Democrats (14th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Boxer missed 10.9% of votes (37 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Boxer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 243 bills that Boxer cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Boxer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13% of Boxer’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Boxer cosponsored 243 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 (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 of Boxer’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. 175: Economic Development Through Tribal Land ...; S. 176: W21; S. 204: Stop Punishing Innocent Americans Act; S. 222: National Prostate Cancer Plan Act; S. 223: A bill to require the ...; S. 430: Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette ...; S. 486: Head Start on Vaccinations Act; S. 511: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act; S. 1130: Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act ...; S. 1191: Point Reyes Coast Guard Housing ...; S. 1423: Central Coast Heritage Protection Act; S. 1476: Police Reporting Information, Data, and ...; S. 1822: A bill to take certain ...; S. 1977: Gun Violence Intervention Act of ...; S. 2037: Pell Grant Restoration Act of ...; S. 2155: West Coast Ocean Protection Act ...; S. 2157: SAFE DRONE Act of 2015; S.Res. 37: A resolution supporting women’s reproductive ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 23rd most bills compared to All Senators

Boxer introduced 40 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (65th percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Boxer supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Boxer 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Boxer cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Boxer’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 430: Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette ...; S. 677: Global Democracy Promotion Act; S. 2155: West Coast Ocean Protection Act ...; S.Res. 37: A resolution supporting women’s reproductive ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Boxer introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Boxer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Boxer introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1761: A bill to take certain ...; S. 1822: A bill to take certain ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Boxer’s bills and resolutions had 195 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (55th percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (68th 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 2015) 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.