skip to main content

Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Grassley’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him 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 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.

 

Ranked the top leader compared to 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to All Senators

21 of Grassley’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. 178: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution ...; S. 381: A bill to repeal the ...; S. 419: Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement ...; S. 633: Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of ...; S. 739: Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs ...; S. 762: IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of ...; S. 807: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 860: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...; S. 904: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; S. 1241: Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, ...; S. 1312: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of ...; S. 1327: SITSA Act; S. 1869: Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act; S. 1917: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act ...; S. 2070: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...; S.Res. 131: A resolution supporting the mission ...; S.Res. 156: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...; S.Res. 231: A resolution designating July 30, ...; S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S.Con.Res. 12: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...; S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 37 of Grassley’s 64 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grassley introduced 20 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 178: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution ...; S. 381: A bill to repeal the ...; S. 419: Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement ...; S. 807: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 860: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ...; S. 904: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; S. 1237: Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act ...; S. 1312: Trafficking Victims Protection Act of ...; S. 1869: Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act; S. 2070: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...; S. 2192: SECURE Act of 2017; S.Res. 65: A resolution designating March 3, ...; S.Res. 131: A resolution supporting the mission ...; S.Res. 156: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...; S.Res. 159: A resolution recognizing and supporting ...; S.Res. 173: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 231: A resolution designating July 30, ...; S.Res. 283: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 320: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Grassley’s bills and resolutions had 551 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 Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Grassley introduced 64 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

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 6 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Grassley sponsored S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2195: Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 109: Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas ...; S. 179: Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act; S. 180: H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform ...; S. 237: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of ...; S. 872: Rural Hospital Access Act of ...; S. 904: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; S. 944: American Renewable Fuel and Job ...; S. 1191: Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement ...; S. 1533: HELLPP Act; S. 1825: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2039: Disclosing Foreign Influence Act; S. 2070: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...; S.Res. 281: A resolution urging the President ...; S.Res. 282: A resolution commending the National ...; S.Con.Res. 12: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...; S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 123 bills that Grassley cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Grassley missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Grassley’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Grassley introduced 5 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 178: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution ...; S. 419: Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement ...; S. 904: Strengthening State and Local Cyber ...; S. 1237: Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act ...; S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th 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.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Grassley cosponsored 123 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 Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (26th 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 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.