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Sen. David Vitter’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Served Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Vitter’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 Vitter’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to All Senators

Vitter introduced 125 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Was most absent in votes compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Vitter missed 16.8% of votes (57 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Vitter’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 24 of Vitter’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. 42: Stopping Illegal Obamacare Subsidies Act; S. 51: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ...; S. 54: Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015; S. 61: Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance ...; S. 66: A bill to prohibit any ...; S. 67: Restoring Main Street Investor Protection ...; S. 73: Local Control of Education Act; S. 99: Notch Fairness Act of 2015; S. 118: Stopping Illegal Obamacare Subsidies Act; S. 234: Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015; S. 768: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; S. 798: Policyholder Protection Act of 2015; S. 984: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; S. 1020: Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection ...; S. 1308: A bill to amend chapter ...; S. 1351: Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act; S. 1388: Cuba Normalization Accountability Act of ...; S. 1511: Ships to be Recycled in ...; S. 1795: National Disaster Tax Relief Act ...; S. 2005: Social Security Disability Insurance and ...; S. 2284: Syrian Refugee Verification and Safety ...; S.Res. 225: A resolution honoring the National ...; S.J.Res. 1: A joint resolution proposing an ...; S.J.Res. 21: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

Vitter tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Vitter’s 125 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (3rd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Vitter’s bills and resolutions had 363 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 (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th top leader 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Vitter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 7th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Vitter supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Vitter 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Vitter sponsored S. 18: A bill to prohibit authorized ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Vitter introduced 10 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 984: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; S. 999: Small Business Development Centers Improvement ...; S. 1292: HUBZone Revitalization Act of 2015; S. 1470: Recovery Improvements for Small Entities ...; S. 1866: Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements ...; S. 2136: Improving Small Business Innovative Research ...; S. 2138: Small Business Subcontracting Transparency Act ...; S. 2139: Small Contractors Improve Competition Act ...; S. 2146: Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect ...; S.Res. 252: An original resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Vitter cosponsored 169 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 (53rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Ranked 24th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Vitter’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Vitter’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. 48: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2015; S. 1866: Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements ...; S. 2139: Small Contractors Improve Competition Act ...; S.Res. 243: A resolution celebrating the 35th ...; S.J.Res. 21: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 169 bills that Vitter cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Vitter introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 984: Steve Gleason Act of 2015; S. 2036: Equity in Government Compensation Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Committee Positions

Vitter 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 Vitter’s Profile »

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