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Sen. Daniel Coats’s 2015 Report Card

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


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

 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coats’s bills and resolutions had 29 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 (3rd percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Coats introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (3rd percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Of the 97 bills that Coats cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

1 of Coats’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.

Those bills were: S. 1413: Higher Education Tax Benefit Compliance ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 400: Notice for Organizations That Include ...; S. 989: Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade ...; S. 1758: Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act ...; S. 1927: Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Coats cosponsored 97 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 (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Coats 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 Republicans (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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coats 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 Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Coats 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 Coats’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Coats missed 2.1% of votes (7 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Coats’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Coats supported any of 19 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); 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 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.