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Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Stabenow’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Senate Party Leaders

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Stabenow introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1268: PACT Act; S. 2295: GLRI Act of 2019; S.Res. 75: A resolution honoring the life, …; S.Res. 132: A resolution honoring the life …; S.Res. 656: A resolution recognizing the importance …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom/follower compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Senate Party Leaders

Stabenow missed 5.0% of votes (36 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Stabenow’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Stabenow introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

Stabenow’s bills and resolutions had 306 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Party Leaders (21st percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

3 of Stabenow’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 824: Excellence in Mental Health and …; S. 1372: PFAS Accountability Act of 2019; S.Res. 727: A resolution designating September 2020 …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th fewest laws compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 3 others)

Stabenow introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 1268: PACT Act; S. 2295: GLRI Act of 2019

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (21st percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th 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.


 

Ranked 26th most politically left 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Stabenow’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 824: Excellence in Mental Health and …; S. 880: Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s; S. 950: PFAS Detection Act of 2019; S. 1013: School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act …; S. 1094: Driving America Forward Act; S. 1268: PACT Act; S. 1372: PFAS Accountability Act of 2019; S. 2001: Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal …; S. 2295: GLRI Act of 2019; S. 2423: A bill to amend the …; S. 4584: A bill to amend the …; S.Res. 75: A resolution honoring the life, …; S.Res. 470: A resolution expressing the sense …

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Stabenow’s 39 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Stabenow caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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 Party Leaders (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Stabenow cosponsored 448 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 Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 448 bills that Stabenow cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.