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Sen. David Perdue’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Perdue’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Perdue’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 Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Perdue’s bills and resolutions had 54 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (10th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Perdue’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th bottom follower compared to Senate Republicans

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Perdue’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Perdue introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Perdue introduced 4 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 765: Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart ...; S.Res. 340: A resolution commemorating the 100th ...; S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution providing for ...; S.J.Res. 30: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 24th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 148 bills that Perdue cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 23rd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Perdue tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Perdue’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Perdue missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Perdue’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Perdue’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. 514: No Hero Left Untreated Act; S. 571: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment ...; S. 1954: Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central ...; S. 2013: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access ...; S.Res. 90: A resolution recognizing the importance ...; S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution providing for ...; S.J.Res. 30: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Perdue’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Perdue introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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.J.Res. 30: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Perdue 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. View Perdue’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Perdue cosponsored 148 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 (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); All Senators (46th 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 2017) 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.