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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Iowa
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Grassley’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Grassley’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Grassley supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Grassley 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Grassley sponsored S. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...

Grassley cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1207: Cameras in the Courtroom Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 217 bills that Grassley cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th highest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42% of Grassley’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 11th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Grassley’s bills and resolutions had 128 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Grassley introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grassley introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Grassley’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1180: Medicare Data Access for Transparency ...; S. 1343: Farmer Identity Protection Act; S.Res. 382: Stop Cloture Abuse Resolution

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Grassley cosponsored 217 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Grassley’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. 281: Farm Program Integrity Act of ...; S. 479: Small Business Efficiency Act; S. 512: TALENT Act; S. 699: Court Efficiency Act of 2013; S. 714: Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and ...; S. 1047: Families for Foster Youth Stamp ...; S. 1180: Medicare Data Access for Transparency ...; S. 1288: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Grassley introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Missed Votes

Grassley missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Grassley’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.