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Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Maryland
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Cardin’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Cardin’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 5th most committee positions compared to Senate Democrats

Cardin held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Cardin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

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

Cardin cosponsored 174 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 (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most liberal compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cardin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (12th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

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

Cardin’s bills and resolutions had 280 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cardin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 15th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Cardin’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. 247: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks ...; S. 357: National Blue Alert Act of ...; S. 367: Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services ...; S. 623: Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection ...; S. 1077: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails ...; S. 1418: Witness Security and Protection Grant ...; S. 1422: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1478: PACES Act; S. 1567: Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness ...; S.J.Res. 15: A joint resolution removing the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 174 bills that Cardin cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (18th percentile); Senate Democrats (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Senators (15th 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 16th highest % of bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 47% of Cardin’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Cardin introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Cardin missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Cardin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cardin introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cardin introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 247: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks ...; S. 357: National Blue Alert Act of ...; S. 476: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Cardin’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 357: National Blue Alert Act of ...; S. 1508: Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability ...; S. 1567: Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Cardin cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 2013) 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.