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Sen. Dan Sullivan’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Alaska
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Sullivan’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.

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 Sullivan’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Sophomores

10 of Sullivan’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. 56: RED Tape Act of 2017; S. 171: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...; S. 267: A bill to provide for ...; S. 315: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act; S. 717: POWER Act; S. 785: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; S. 1129: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; S. 1196: Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act ...; S. 1449: Serving our Rural Veterans Act ...; S.J.Res. 18: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sullivan introduced 16 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 171: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...; S. 267: A bill to provide for ...; S. 717: POWER Act; S. 785: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; S. 875: A bill to require the ...; S. 933: Express Appeals Act of 2017; S. 1129: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; S. 1322: American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; S. 1934: Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and ...; S. 1965: Allowing Alaska to Improve Vital ...; S. 2273: A bill to extend the ...; S. 2369: Whaling Convention Amendments Act of ...; S. 3094: Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability ...; S. 3508: Save Our Seas Act of ...; S.Res. 111: A resolution celebrating the 150th ...; S.Res. 175: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Sophomores

Sullivan missed 3.3% of votes (20 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Sullivan’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

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

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Sullivan’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. 315: Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act; S. 785: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment ...; S. 1196: Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act ...; S. 1941: A bill to amend the ...; S. 3094: Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Sullivan cosponsored 204 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 Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Senate Sophomores

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 Sullivan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th fewest bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Sullivan’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sullivan caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Wrote the 19th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Sullivan introduced 6 bills 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. 267: A bill to provide for ...; S. 717: POWER Act; S. 933: Express Appeals Act of 2017; S. 2273: A bill to extend the ...; S. 3094: Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability ...; S. 3508: Save Our Seas Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

Got the 24th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Sullivan’s bills and resolutions had 157 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 Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 25th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 17 others)

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

Sullivan cosponsored S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Sullivan introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Sullivan held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Sullivan’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 204 bills that Sullivan cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 Sullivan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (33rd 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.