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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Schumer’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Schumer was busy being Senate Minority Leader, 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 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Schumer’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Schumer caucused with in the 115th Congress.

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Schumer held a leadership position on 0 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 Schumer’s Profile »

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


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Schumer introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Schumer cosponsored 224 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 (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Schumer’s bills and resolutions had 147 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 910: Disability Integration Act of 2017; S. 1668: A bill to rename a ...; S. 3440: Measuring Real Income Growth Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schumer introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1668: A bill to rename a ...; S.Res. 8: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 17: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 370: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 393: A resolution making minority party ...; S.Res. 584: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th fewest laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

Schumer introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1668: A bill to rename a ...

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


 

Was 10th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Schumer missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Schumer’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Schumer supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Schumer 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schumer cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Schumer’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 910: Disability Integration Act of 2017; S. 1376: No Hearing, No Vote Act ...; S. 3540: Central America Reform and Enforcement ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 224 bills that Schumer cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

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


 

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (29th 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 115th Congress) 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.