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Sen. Bill Cassidy’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cassidy’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy’s bills and resolutions had 275 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Cassidy introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 188: EGO Act; S. 1142: J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower ...; S. 2652: Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold ...; S. 2875: COMBAT Act of 2018; S. 2912: Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs Enhancement ...; S. 3444: A bill to designate the ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (82nd 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.


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy introduced 61 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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. 230: Capitalizing on American Methane Act ...; S. 242: WINGMAN Act; S. 781: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act ...; S. 1142: J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower ...; S. 1219: Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability ...; S. 1261: Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act ...; S. 1415: LNG Now Act of 2017; S. 1686: RED SNAPPER Act; S. 1981: Small Scale LNG Access Act ...; S. 2031: Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance ...; S. 2204: Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act ...; S. 2947: Caddo Lake National Heritage Area ...; S.Res. 611: A resolution opposing the targeted ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cassidy cosponsored 208 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 (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Held the 4th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

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. 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 Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 24th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 32 of Cassidy’s 61 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cassidy caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cassidy introduced 14 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 188: EGO Act; S. 916: Ensuring Patient Access to Substance ...; S. 1142: J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower ...; S. 1219: Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability ...; S. 1981: Small Scale LNG Access Act ...; S. 2652: Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold ...; S. 2875: COMBAT Act of 2018; S. 2912: Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs Enhancement ...; S. 3444: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 284: A resolution calling on Congress, ...; S.Res. 312: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 636: A resolution recognizing suicide as ...; S.Res. 680: A resolution calling on Congress, ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Cassidy’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 8: Timely Review of Infrastructure Act; S. 23: Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran ...; S. 188: EGO Act; S. 916: Ensuring Patient Access to Substance ...; S. 2652: Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold ...; S.Res. 636: A resolution recognizing suicide as ...; S.J.Res. 27: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 208 bills that Cassidy cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).

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


 

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cassidy missed 1.0% of votes (6 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cassidy supported any of 14 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 Sophomores (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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.