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Sen. Bill Cassidy’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Cassidy’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 Cassidy’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Cassidy introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Cassidy’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. 173: A bill to modify the ...; S. 205: Trafficking Awareness Training for Health ...; S. 359: Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act; S. 453: Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support ...; S. 775: Self-Insurance Protection Act; S. 1531: Patient Freedom Act of 2015; S. 1898: Sanctuary Regulatory Fairness Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Cassidy’s bills and resolutions had 71 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 Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd top leader compared to 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cassidy introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 310: EGO Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (9th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Cassidy tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 15% of Cassidy’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 12th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Cassidy cosponsored 110 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 Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 18th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 110 bills that Cassidy cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 26th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 22 others)

2 of Cassidy’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. 310: EGO Act; S. 775: Self-Insurance Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cassidy 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 Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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.


 

Committee Positions

Cassidy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cassidy missed 1.5% of votes (5 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cassidy supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cassidy 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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