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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s 2017 Report Card

Junior Senator from Nevada
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These special year-end statistics cover Cortez Masto’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Cortez Masto’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 fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cortez Masto introduced 4 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Senate Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cortez Masto introduced 0 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 0 of Cortez Masto’s 4 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Cortez Masto’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.

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

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cortez Masto’s bills and resolutions had 27 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Cortez Masto missed 2.5% of votes (8 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Cortez Masto’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (75th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 139 bills that Cortez Masto cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (75th percentile); Senate Democrats (35th percentile); All Senators (50th 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 3rd least often compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

1 of Cortez Masto’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 415: A bill to nullify the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cortez Masto cosponsored 139 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 (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cortez Masto supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cortez Masto 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cortez Masto cosponsored S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cortez Masto introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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 Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


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 2017) 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.