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

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


These special statistics cover Schumer’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 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 4th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Schumer cosponsored 384 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 Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schumer introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2614: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Wrote the 6th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Schumer 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. 692: A bill to designate the ...; S. 866: Slain Officer Family Support Act ...; S. 2929: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3207: A bill to authorize the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (67th 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.


 

Ranked the 9th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

3 of Schumer’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. 699: American Opportunity Tax Credit Permanence ...; S. 1173: Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe ...; S. 2614: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Schumer missed 0.4% of votes (2 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Schumer’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Introduced the 20th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Schumer introduced 59 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Schumer supported any of 22 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: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Schumer’s 59 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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 ...; S. 2322: Driver Fatigue Prevention Act; S. 2614: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of ...; S. 2641: Aidan’s Law; S. 2830: Lead Testing in School and ...; S. 2929: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Schumer’s bills and resolutions had 211 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 384 bills that Schumer cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

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 (36th percentile); All Senators (66th 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 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.