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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cortez Masto’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 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 most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cortez Masto introduced 87 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 514 bills that Cortez Masto cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cortez Masto introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 258: Ruby Mountains Protection Act; S. 982: Not Invisible Act of 2019; S. 1046: ACCESS BROADBAND Act; S. 1890: Renew America’s Schools Act of ...; S. 2746: Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection ...; S. 2904: IOGAN Act; S. 3434: COPS Counseling Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Cortez Masto missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Cortez Masto’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 36 of Cortez Masto’s 87 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cortez Masto caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cortez Masto introduced 3 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. 982: Not Invisible Act of 2019; S. 2746: Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection ...; S. 2904: IOGAN Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (35th percentile); All Senators (35th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

11 of Cortez Masto’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. 331: Home Loan Quality Transparency Act ...; S. 469: Emergency Relief for Federal Contractors ...; S. 484: Inaugural Committee Transparency Act of ...; S. 982: Not Invisible Act of 2019; S. 1263: Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act; S. 1591: End Mass Deportation Act; S. 1890: Renew America’s Schools Act of ...; S. 2267: A bill for the relief ...; S. 3151: Connected Rural Schools Act; S. 3975: Financial Compensation for CFPB Whistleblowers ...; S.Res. 111: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 20 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.

Those bills were: S. 251: Interdiction for the Protection of ...; S. 331: Home Loan Quality Transparency Act ...; S. 583: DATA Privacy Act; S. 649: Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act; S. 982: Not Invisible Act of 2019; S. 1263: Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act; S. 1513: Better Military Housing Act of ...; S. 1826: DO NOT Call Act; S. 1939: Moving FIRST Act; S. 2041: Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act ...; S. 2090: Abuse of the Pardon Prevention ...; S. 2289: Renewable Energy Extension Act of ...; S. 2497: Dependent Income Exclusion Act of ...; S. 3145: Desert National Wildlife Refuge and ...; S. 3434: COPS Counseling Act; S. 3754: Technical Correction to the Shoshone-Paiute ...; S. 4099: No Nuclear Testing Without Approval ...; S. 4950: MORE USDA Grants Act; S. 4951: MORE DOT Grants Act; S.Res. 111: A resolution recognizing the heritage, ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (46th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Cortez Masto 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 Cortez Masto’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cortez Masto cosponsored 514 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 (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cortez Masto’s bills and resolutions had 390 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 Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (37th percentile); All Senators (60th 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 Cortez Masto’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (29th 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 Cortez Masto’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (35th percentile); All Senators (45th 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.