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Sen. Daniel Coats’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Indiana
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2017


These statistics cover Coats’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Coats’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 154 bills that Coats cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Held the 3rd fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coats held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Coats’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coats’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coats’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coats cosponsored 154 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 (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coats’s bills and resolutions had 103 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Republicans (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

2 of Coats’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1471: Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for ...; S. 1488: A bill to delay the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Coats introduced 14 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th lowest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coats tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 21% of Coats’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Coats’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. 581: A bill to amend section ...; S. 1471: Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Coats introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 1471: Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coats introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Coats missed 2.4% of votes (16 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Coats’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Coats supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Coats 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.