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Sen. Dean Heller’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Heller’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Heller introduced 11 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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. 42: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...; S. 114: VA Choice and Quality Employment ...; S. 327: Fair Access to Investment Research ...; S. 462: Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment ...; S. 1362: Guard and Reservists Education Improvement ...; S. 1517: HERO Improvements Act of 2017; S. 1753: SAFE Transitional License Act; S. 2324: Small Business Credit Availability Act; S. 2807: Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus ...; S. 2909: Assessing Barriers to Opioid Use ...; S. 3583: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and ...

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


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Heller introduced 72 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 14: No Budget, No Pay Act; S. 22: Nevada Land Sovereignty Act; S. 40: Middle Class Health Benefits Tax ...; S. 42: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...; S. 43: Native American Health Savings Improvement ...; S. 50: Mobile Mammography Promotion Act of ...; S. 58: Middle Class Health Benefits Tax ...; S. 95: Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act; S. 114: VA Choice and Quality Employment ...; S. 145: National Strategic and Critical Minerals ...; S. 282: Public Land Renewable Energy Development ...; S. 327: Fair Access to Investment Research ...; S. 414: Pershing County Economic Development and ...; S. 563: Flood Insurance Market Parity and ...; S. 1046: Eastern Nevada Economic Development and ...; S. 2121: Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance ...; S. 2784: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 2807: Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (94th 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 251 bills that Heller cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Heller’s bills and resolutions had 438 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. 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 (88th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 46 of Heller’s 72 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Heller caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Was 11th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Heller missed 4.8% of votes (29 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Heller’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Heller cosponsored 251 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 (78th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heller introduced 18 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 42: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, ...; S. 114: VA Choice and Quality Employment ...; S. 174: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting ...; S. 327: Fair Access to Investment Research ...; S. 414: Pershing County Economic Development and ...; S. 462: Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment ...; S. 1181: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery ...; S. 1362: Guard and Reservists Education Improvement ...; S. 1517: HERO Improvements Act of 2017; S. 1753: SAFE Transitional License Act; S. 2324: Small Business Credit Availability Act; S. 2807: Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus ...; S. 2909: Assessing Barriers to Opioid Use ...; S. 3583: Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and ...; S.Res. 292: A resolution condemning the brutal ...; S.Res. 534: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 609: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 643: A resolution honoring the memory ...

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


 

Supported government transparency the 25th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Heller supported any of 14 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. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Heller’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress 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. 58: Middle Class Health Benefits Tax ...; S. 112: Creating a Reliable Environment for ...; S. 113: Maximizing Efficiency and Improving Access ...; S. 2247: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2784: A bill to reauthorize the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (40th 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 (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heller’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (34th percentile); All Senators (67th 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 the 115th Congress) 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.