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Sen. Dean Heller’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Heller’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 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.

 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 148 bills that Heller cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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. 39: No Budget, No Pay Act; S. 91: Mobile Mammography Promotion Act of ...; S. 151: Filipino Veterans Promise Act; S. 160: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...; S. 471: Women Veterans Access to Quality ...; S. 842: Intermountain West Corridor Development Act ...; S. 924: National Credit Union Administration Budget ...; S. 1319: A bill to validate final ...; S. 1407: Public Land Renewable Energy Development ...; S. 1535: Safety Through Informed Consumers Act ...; S. 1679: Flood Insurance Market Parity and ...; S. 1724: Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of ...; S. 2311: Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of ...; S. 2349: Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Heller introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 26th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 22 others)

2 of Heller’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. 1724: Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of ...; S. 2045: Middle Class Health Benefits Tax ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heller introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 253: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; S. 1040: ROV In-Depth Examination Act of ...; S. 1203: 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Heller tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 30% of Heller’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heller 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 Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heller 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 Republicans (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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Heller supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heller 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Heller’s bills and resolutions had 178 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 Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Heller missed 2.9% of votes (10 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Heller’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (74th 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.