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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley’s 2019 Report Card

President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Senior Senator from Iowa
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Grassley’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Grassley was busy being President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the most often compared to Senate Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 139 bills that Grassley cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Grassley introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 317: ACE Kids Act of 2019; S. 617: Tax Extender and Disaster Relief ...; S. 744: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...; S. 897: Family Farmer Relief Act of ...; S. 928: Taxpayer First Act of 2019; S. 1091: Small Business Reorganization Act of ...; S. 2777: Family First Transition Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th 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.


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Grassley’s bills and resolutions had 364 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Held the 4th 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 Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

11 of Grassley’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 744: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...; S. 928: Taxpayer First Act of 2019; S. 972: Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act ...; S. 1883: Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, ...; S. 2220: Open and Responsive Government Act ...; S. 2764: Stop the Importation and Manufacturing ...; S. 2777: Family First Transition Act; S. 3025: Increasing Opportunity for Former Foster ...; S. 3052: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; S. 3078: Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, ...; S.Res. 242: A resolution designating June 15, ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grassley introduced 20 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 317: ACE Kids Act of 2019; S. 617: Tax Extender and Disaster Relief ...; S. 744: Effective Prosecution of Possession of ...; S. 897: Family Farmer Relief Act of ...; S. 928: Taxpayer First Act of 2019; S. 1091: Small Business Reorganization Act of ...; S. 1208: Protecting America’s First Responders Act; S. 1227: Prescription Pricing for the People ...; S. 1883: Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, ...; S. 2258: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 2543: Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act ...; S. 2777: Family First Transition Act; S.Res. 16: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 53: A resolution recognizing the staff ...; S.Res. 76: A resolution designating March 1, ...; S.Res. 194: A resolution designating July 30, ...; S.Res. 226: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...; S.Res. 237: A resolution supporting the mission ...; S.Res. 242: A resolution designating June 15, ...; S.Res. 358: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Grassley introduced 50 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 39 of Grassley’s 50 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Grassley caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 61: Safe and Affordable Drugs from ...; S. 495: EAGLES Act of 2019; S. 556: Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act; S. 889: Net Price Calculator Improvement Act; S. 897: Family Farmer Relief Act of ...; S. 928: Taxpayer First Act of 2019; S. 1091: Small Business Reorganization Act of ...; S. 2764: Stop the Importation and Manufacturing ...; S. 2770: Survivors’ Bill of Rights in ...; S. 2777: Family First Transition Act; S. 3052: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 11th most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 18th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Grassley 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 Party Leaders (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Grassley missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Grassley’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (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 2019) 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.