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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from New York
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Schumer’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Schumer’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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Schumer cosponsored 257 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 (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Schumer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 21% of Schumer’s 42 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (16th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 4 others)

2 of Schumer’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 699: American Opportunity Tax Credit Permanence ...; S. 1173: Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Got the 9th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Schumer’s bills and resolutions had 123 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th bottom/follower compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Schumer missed 0.6% of votes (2 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Schumer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 11th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Schumer supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Schumer 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schumer cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked 16th most liberal compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Introduced the 17th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Schumer introduced 42 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schumer introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 692: A bill to designate the ...; S. 866: Slain Officer Family Support Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schumer introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Schumer’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. 163: Avonte’s Law Act of 2015; S. 377: Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, ...; S. 488: A bill to amend title ...; S. 692: A bill to designate the ...; S. 866: Slain Officer Family Support Act ...; S. 1173: Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe ...; S. 1453: Puerto Rico Medicare Part B ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 257 bills that Schumer cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (67th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


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 2015) 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.