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

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


These year-end statistics cover Schumer’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 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. 4 of Schumer’s 23 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Schumer caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Schumer cosponsored 173 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Schumer introduced 23 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Senate Party Leaders (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 Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

Schumer’s bills and resolutions had 183 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 (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom/follower compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 117: Disability Integration Act of 2019; S. 2606: Safety, Accountability, and Federal Enforcement ...; S.Res. 325: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.J.Res. 50: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schumer introduced 10 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 729: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 908: Fluke Fairness Act of 2019; S. 1044: Fentanyl Sanctions Act; S. 2047: A bill to provide for ...; S. 2755: A bill to require a ...; S.Res. 13: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 21: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 325: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.J.Res. 2: A joint resolution disapproving the ...; S.J.Res. 50: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schumer introduced 2 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. 1044: Fentanyl Sanctions Act; S. 2047: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (51st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Schumer’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. 117: Disability Integration Act of 2019; S. 1044: Fentanyl Sanctions Act; S. 1445: Central America Reform and Enforcement ...; S. 3104: Federal Employee Parental Leave Technical ...; S.J.Res. 50: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 173 bills that Schumer cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (46th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schumer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Schumer missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Schumer’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.