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Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Michigan
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Stabenow’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 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 44% of Stabenow’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Stabenow cosponsored 209 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stabenow introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 466: Quality Care for Moms and ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th fewest bills compared to 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. 5 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. 589: Defending Our Great Lakes Act ...; S. 1624: Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act; S. 2026: Stop Nuclear Waste by Our ...; S.Res. 103: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 134: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Stabenow introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Ranked 19th most liberal 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 Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Stabenow 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Stabenow’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.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

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. View Stabenow’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 209 bills that Stabenow cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Stabenow’s bills and resolutions had 144 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (49th 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 Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Stabenow missed 1.5% of votes (5 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Stabenow’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Stabenow supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Stabenow 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Stabenow cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (34th 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.