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Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Missouri
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover McCaskill’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 McCaskill’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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to All Senators

GovTrack looked at whether McCaskill supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave McCaskill 11 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McCaskill sponsored S. 795: A bill to enhance whistleblower ...; S. 794: A bill to extend whistleblower ...

McCaskill cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

McCaskill introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (8th percentile); Senate Democrats (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

McCaskill cosponsored 141 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 (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th 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. 2 of McCaskill’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. 590: Campus Accountability and Safety Act; S. 1247: A bill to designate Union ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (3rd percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

McCaskill’s bills and resolutions had 57 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 (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th 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 McCaskill’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 McCaskill’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

McCaskill tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of McCaskill’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 141 bills that McCaskill cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (87th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

McCaskill missed 2.7% of votes (9 of 339 votes) in 2015. View McCaskill’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McCaskill 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).


 

Committee Positions

McCaskill 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 McCaskill’s Profile »

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of McCaskill’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.

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


 

Laws Enacted

McCaskill introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


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.