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Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Stabenow’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 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.

 

Supported government transparency the 4th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Stabenow supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Stabenow 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Stabenow cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (6th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stabenow introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 538: Timber Innovation Act of 2017; S. 2239: Veterans Deserve Better Act; S. 2553: Know the Lowest Price Act ...; S. 3053: CHIP Mental Health and Addiction ...; S.Res. 280: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Con.Res. 49: A concurrent resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 356: Hallways to Health Act; S. 538: Timber Innovation Act of 2017; S. 1308: Soo Locks Modernization Act; S. 1398: Stop the Asian Carp Now ...; S. 1905: Excellence in Mental Health and ...; S. 2239: Veterans Deserve Better Act; S. 2553: Know the Lowest Price Act ...; S. 3602: School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Stabenow introduced 4 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. 538: Timber Innovation Act of 2017; S. 2239: Veterans Deserve Better Act; S. 2553: Know the Lowest Price Act ...; S. 3053: CHIP Mental Health and Addiction ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Stabenow introduced 50 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Stabenow’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. 2553: Know the Lowest Price Act ...; S. 2822: Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of ...; S. 3381: PFAS Accountability Act of 2018; S. 3382: PFAS Detection Act of 2018; S.Res. 270: A resolution designating September 2017 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Stabenow’s 50 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Stabenow caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (43rd 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 Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Stabenow cosponsored 365 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 Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 365 bills that Stabenow cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (71st 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 224 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 Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (42nd 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 Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Stabenow missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Stabenow’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (39th 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.