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Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover McCaskill’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her 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 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 22 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: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; 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 Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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 ...; S. 3023: The Arla Harrell Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

McCaskill’s bills and resolutions had 79 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 (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

McCaskill introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 McCaskill’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

1 of McCaskill’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. 795: A bill to enhance whistleblower ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

McCaskill cosponsored 208 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 (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (30th 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. McCaskill introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 795: A bill to enhance whistleblower ...

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

McCaskill tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of McCaskill’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th 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 208 bills that McCaskill cosponsored, 45% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).

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


 

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

McCaskill missed 4.4% of votes (22 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McCaskill’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th 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 (36th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McCaskill introduced 1 bill 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. 795: A bill to enhance whistleblower ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (15th 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.


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.