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Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Michigan
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Stabenow’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Stabenow’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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 238 bills that Stabenow cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th least bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th least bipartisan out of 53 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 15th least bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 15th least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

9th most liberal among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th most liberal out of 41
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Senate Democrats 21st most liberal out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 13th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 22nd most liberal out of 100
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

11th highest % of bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 39% of Stabenow’s 31 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th highest % of bills out of 35 8
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th highest % of bills out of 49 8
61% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 18th highest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 30th highest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

11th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 8 others

Stabenow introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 1603: Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Democrats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 54 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

13th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 5 others

3 of Stabenow’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 425: Quality Care for Moms and ...; S. 1280: Charitable Agricultural Research Act; S.Con.Res. 33: A concurrent resolution celebrating the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Democrats 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

17th most voting among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Stabenow missed 1.7% of votes (11 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Stabenow’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th most voting out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th most voting out of 54 0
17% missed votes View All
All Senators 42nd most voting out of 100 0
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Working with the House

17th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Stabenow’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. 337: Bring Jobs Home Act; S. 425: Quality Care for Moms and ...; S. 709: Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education ...; S. 1187: Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act; S. 1280: Charitable Agricultural Research Act; S. 2562: Bring Jobs Home Act; S. 2929: POWER Act; S. 3002: Guarding Our Great Lakes Act; S.Res. 78: A resolution supporting the goals ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Democrats 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 44th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

18th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 1 other

Stabenow introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Democrats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 7
107 bills View All
All Senators 47th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

16th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 6 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stabenow introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 954: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs ...; S. 1603: Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation ...; S. 2562: Bring Jobs Home Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Democrats 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 45th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

25th most bills among Serving 10+ Years

Stabenow cosponsored 238 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most bills out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Democrats 27th fewest bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 25th most bills out of 54 51
375 bills View All
All Senators 47th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

41st best score among 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th best score out of 41
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Senate Democrats 25th worst score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 26th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 41st best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

41st most cosponsors among All Senators

Stabenow’s bills and resolutions had 241 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 19th most cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 26th most cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 27th most cosponsors out of 54 9
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 41st most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

Stabenow 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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Stabenow’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 5th highest score (tied w/ 15) out of 53 0
16 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Stabenow supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Stabenow 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 15 others out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Democrats the least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 53 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 19 others out of 54 0
8 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 34 others out of 100 0
8 points View All

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.

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 113th Congress) 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.