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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Iowa
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1981 – Jan 3, 2029


These statistics cover Grassley’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 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 222 bills that Grassley cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Senate Republicans

17 of Grassley’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. 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: AFIRM Act; S. 3607: Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act …; S. 3731: Improving Social Security’s Service to …; S. 3751: Special Inspector General for Pandemic …; S. 3841: A bill to protect 2020 …; S. 3994: Securing Inspector General Independence Act …; S. 4861: DUE PROCESS Act of 2020; S.Res. 242: A resolution designating June 15, …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Grassley’s bills and resolutions had 566 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 Party Leaders (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (75th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Grassley introduced 11 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. 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. 2258: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of …; S. 2777: Family First Transition Act; S. 3052: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; S. 3607: Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act …; S. 4091: Emergency Aid for Returning Americans …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (86th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th 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.


 

Held the 5th 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 (86th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Grassley introduced 80 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Grassley introduced 32 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 3052: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act; S. 3607: Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act …; S. 3731: Improving Social Security’s Service to …; S. 3841: A bill to protect 2020 …; S. 4091: Emergency Aid for Returning Americans …; 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 …; S.Res. 520: A resolution designating March 6, …; S.Res. 555: A resolution recognizing and supporting …; S.Res. 598: A resolution recognizing National Foster …; S.Res. 621: A resolution designating June 15, …; S.Res. 634: A resolution designating July 30, …; S.Res. 721: A resolution designating the week …; S.Res. 795: A resolution relating to the …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th 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. 20 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. 888: Understanding the True Cost of …; 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. 1568: American Red Cross Transparency Act …; S. 2258: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation 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; S. 3607: Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act …; S. 3731: Improving Social Security’s Service to …; S. 3770: H–1B and L–1 Visa Reform …; S. 4182: Emergency Support for Nursing Homes …; S. 4628: Human Trafficking Council Extension Act …; S. 4995: CFTC Fund Management Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 59 of Grassley’s 80 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Grassley caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 13th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Grassley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 21st fewest bills compared to All Senators

Grassley cosponsored 222 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 (21st percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Grassley missed 1.5% of votes (11 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Grassley’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (36th 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.