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Sen. Bill Cassidy’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Cassidy’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 131: Protect Medicaid Act; S. 499: Offshore Wind for Territories Act; S. 594: Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act ...; S. 595: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act ...; S. 607: Timely Review of Infrastructure Act; S. 800: College Transparency Act; S. 816: Small Scale LNG Access Act ...; S. 863: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1209: Reforming Evergreening and Manipulation that ...; S. 1370: Gold Star Family Tax Relief ...; S. 2573: Criminalizing Abused Substance Templates Act ...; S. 2976: Advancing Support for Working Families ...; S. 3365: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4458: Suppress COVID–19 Act of 2020; S.Res. 279: A resolution calling for the ...; S.Res. 307: A resolution congratulating the Eastbank ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Cassidy introduced 67 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

10 of Cassidy’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 607: Timely Review of Infrastructure Act; S. 800: College Transparency Act; S. 1370: Gold Star Family Tax Relief ...; S. 2418: COASTAL Act; S. 2688: Technology Transitions Act of 2019; S. 3195: Promoting Coordination for Veteran Suicide ...; S. 3224: VA Research Approval Efficiency Act ...; S. 3282: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans ...; S.Res. 345: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 666: A resolution honoring the faithful ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 48 of Cassidy’s 67 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cassidy caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 15th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 254 bills that Cassidy cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Cassidy introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 863: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2960: DESCEND Act of 2019; S. 3195: Promoting Coordination for Veteran Suicide ...; S. 3210: Improving Mental Health Care for ...; S. 3224: VA Research Approval Efficiency Act ...; S. 3282: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans ...; S. 3365: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st 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.


 

Was 19th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Cassidy missed 6.5% of votes (47 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Cassidy’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 24th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cassidy introduced 17 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 607: Timely Review of Infrastructure Act; S. 816: Small Scale LNG Access Act ...; S. 863: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1370: Gold Star Family Tax Relief ...; S. 2418: COASTAL Act; S. 2688: Technology Transitions Act of 2019; S. 2960: DESCEND Act of 2019; S. 3195: Promoting Coordination for Veteran Suicide ...; S. 3210: Improving Mental Health Care for ...; S. 3224: VA Research Approval Efficiency Act ...; S. 3282: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans ...; S. 3365: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 345: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 389: A resolution calling on Congress, ...; S.Res. 472: A resolution commending the Louisiana ...; S.Res. 738: A resolution recognizing suicide as ...; S.Res. 765: A resolution calling on Congress, ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cassidy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cassidy cosponsored 254 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 Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cassidy’s bills and resolutions had 331 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cassidy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.