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Sen. Dean Heller’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Nevada
Republican
Served May 9, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Heller’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Heller’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 their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heller introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 124: No Budget, No Pay Act; S. 159: Lyon County Economic Development and ...; S. 757: Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th 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 151 bills that Heller cosponsored, 53% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Heller’s bills and resolutions had 77 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Heller introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Heller’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. 124: No Budget, No Pay Act; S. 127: A bill to provide a ...; S. 159: Lyon County Economic Development and ...; S. 210: Stolen Valor Act of 2013; S. 490: Mobile Mammography Promotion Act of ...; S. 757: Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation ...; S. 1379: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; S. 1640: Pinyon-Juniper Related Projects Implementation Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th lowest % of bills compared to All Senators

Heller tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14% of Heller’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Heller introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Heller’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 210: Stolen Valor Act of 2013

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (18th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Heller 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 Heller’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heller cosponsored 151 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 (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Heller missed 2.1% of votes (6 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Heller’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Heller supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heller 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heller cosponsored S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 2013) 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.