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Sen. Deb Fischer’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Nebraska
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Fischer’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her 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 Fischer’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 most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fischer introduced 6 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1115: GONE Act; S. 1326: Maritime Administration Enhancement Act of ...; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015; S. 1857: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015; S. 2200: Workplace Advancement Act; S. 2276: SAFE PIPES Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Fischer 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. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

5 of Fischer’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. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 350: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 1115: GONE Act; S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015; S. 1857: Microloan Modernization Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Fischer cosponsored 134 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 (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 134 bills that Fischer cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Fischer 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Fischer cosponsored S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2015; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked 12th 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 Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Fischer introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Fischer’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. 189: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; S. 301: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 350: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 479: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1291: A bill to authorize early ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Fischer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Fischer’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Fischer 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 Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Fischer’s bills and resolutions had 120 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 Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (39th percentile); All Senators (36th 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 Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Fischer missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Fischer’s Profile »

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