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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Grassley’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the most bills among All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 49 of Grassley’s 94 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans the most bills out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators the most bills out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

2nd most cosponsors among All Senators

Grassley’s bills and resolutions had 760 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 2nd most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among All Senators

Grassley introduced 94 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 3rd most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

3rd best score among All Senators

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 3rd best score out of 47
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Senate Republicans 3rd best score out of 54
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All Senators 3rd best score out of 100
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Powerful Cosponsors

3rd most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

15 of Grassley’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 783: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1137: PATENT Act; S. 1169: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...; S. 1482: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of ...; S. 1599: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 1604: Transition to Independence Act; S. 1697: Small Business Healthcare Relief Act; S. 2123: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act ...; S. 2390: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower ...; S. 2613: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 3045: Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting ...; S. 3270: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution ...; S.Res. 293: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 466: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most bills out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

4th highest score among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Grassley held a leadership position on 2 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 Grassley’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 3rd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 4th highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Government Transparency

4th most supportive among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

GovTrack looked at whether Grassley supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

Sponsored: S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Cosponsored: S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2016; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years 6th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans 4th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 13th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the House

6th most bills among All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 25 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. 298: ACE Kids Act of 2015; S. 313: Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy ...; S. 314: Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas ...; S. 332: Rural Hospital Access Act of ...; S. 335: A bill to amend the ...; S. 349: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act ...; S. 363: TALENT Act; S. 378: Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and ...; S. 395: Medicare Residential Care Coordination Act ...; S. 401: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...; S. 607: Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension ...; S. 626: HELLPP Act; S. 1120: A bill to make aliens ...; S. 1439: Foster Youth Independence Act of ...; S. 1482: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of ...; S. 2228: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2574: Modernizing the Interstate Placement of ...; S. 2914: Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of ...; S. 3166: Ensuring Access to General Surgery ...; S. 3188: Biodiesel Tax Incentive Reform and ...; S. 3224: Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act ...; S.Res. 293: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 466: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...; S.Res. 566: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Con.Res. 51: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th most bills out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 6th most bills out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

6th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grassley introduced 16 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 313: Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy ...; S. 335: A bill to amend the ...; S. 349: Special Needs Trust Fairness Act ...; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 607: Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension ...; S. 704: Community Based Independence for Seniors ...; S. 1137: PATENT Act; S. 1169: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...; S. 1318: Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and ...; S. 1482: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of ...; S. 1599: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 2123: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act ...; S. 2390: Federal Bureau of Investigation Whistleblower ...; S. 2613: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 2944: Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement ...; S. 3270: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 6th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

9th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 247 bills that Grassley cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 9th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 37th most bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

15th most liberal among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 16th most conservative out of 47
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Senate Republicans 15th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 40th most conservative out of 100
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Bills Cosponsored

17th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Grassley cosponsored 247 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 22nd fewest bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

22nd most bills among All Senators; tied with 11 others

Grassley introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 1482: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of ...; S. 2613: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 2893: Library of Congress Sound Recording ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Missed Votes

Grassley missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Grassley’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years the most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators the most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.