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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Mississippi
Republican
Serving Apr 9, 2018 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Hyde-Smith’s record during the 115th Congress (Apr 9, 2018-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Hyde-Smith’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.

 

Introduced the fewest bills compared to All Senators

Hyde-Smith introduced 4 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 1 of Hyde-Smith’s 4 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hyde-Smith caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Senate Freshmen

0 of Hyde-Smith’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.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Hyde-Smith cosponsored 72 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 Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Freshmen

Of the 72 bills that Hyde-Smith cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).

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


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Hyde-Smith’s bills and resolutions had 8 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 Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hyde-Smith introduced 2 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 3098: A bill to amend title ...; S.Res. 522: A resolution designating the week ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

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

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Hyde-Smith’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. 2942: Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the least often compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Hyde-Smith supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hyde-Smith 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Hyde-Smith missed 2.8% of votes (6 of 211 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Hyde-Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hyde-Smith 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. 3098: A bill to amend title ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd 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.


 

Committee Positions

Hyde-Smith 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. View Hyde-Smith’s Profile »

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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.