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Sen. Dan Sullivan’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Sullivan’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.

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.

 

Ranked 12th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 Sullivan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 16th 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 190 bills that Sullivan cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 21st bottom/follower compared to All Senators

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 Sullivan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (26th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got the 25th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Sullivan’s bills and resolutions had 129 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 Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sullivan 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. 163: Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and ...; S. 1390: Creig Sharp Funeral Honors for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (45th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Sullivan introduced 35 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sullivan introduced 9 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 163: Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and ...; S. 494: American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; S. 496: Young Fishermen’s Development Act; S. 1390: Creig Sharp Funeral Honors for ...; S. 1982: Save Our Seas 2.0 Act; S. 2260: Save Our Seas 2.0: Improving ...; S. 2297: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; S. 2981: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...; S.Res. 220: A resolution designating the month ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Sullivan’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. 494: American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; S. 496: Young Fishermen’s Development Act; S. 1392: Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators ...; S. 1982: Save Our Seas 2.0 Act; S. 2297: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 161: A bill to require the ...; S. 163: Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and ...; S. 804: Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska ...; S. 2328: VA-DoD Shared Medical Facilities Act ...; S. 2397: Electronic Service for Effectiveness, Reduction ...; S. 2991: Veteran Overmedication and Suicide Prevention ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Sullivan’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sullivan caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

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 Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sullivan cosponsored 190 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 Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Sullivan missed 2.1% of votes (9 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Sullivan’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (60th 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.