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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from California
Democrat
Serving Nov 10, 1992 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Feinstein’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Feinstein’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.

 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Feinstein held a leadership position on 2 committees 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 Feinstein’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

Feinstein introduced 55 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Feinstein tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 15% of Feinstein’s 55 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

9 of Feinstein’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 150: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013; S. 197: Natomas Basin Flood Protection Improvements ...; S. 224: San Francisco Bay Restoration Act; S. 706: Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of ...; S. 820: Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments ...; S. 1236: Respect for Marriage Act; S. 1451: Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of ...; S. 1686: Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs ...; S.Res. 178: A resolution honoring the men ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 15th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Feinstein’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. 224: San Francisco Bay Restoration Act; S. 225: Buffalo Soldiers in the National ...; S. 228: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; S. 419: Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act ...; S. 482: Health Insurance Rate Review Act; S. 706: Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of ...; S. 781: Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion ...; S. 820: Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments ...; S. 1236: Respect for Marriage Act; S. 1636: A bill to redesignate certain ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 18th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Feinstein introduced 5 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 150: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013; S. 225: Buffalo Soldiers in the National ...; S. 1245: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 1631: FISA Improvements Act of 2013; S. 1681: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (66th percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 20th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Of the 144 bills that Feinstein cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Senate Democrats (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Feinstein missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Feinstein’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Ranked 24th 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 25th top leader compared to 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

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


 

Laws Enacted

Feinstein introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. 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).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Cosponsors

Feinstein’s bills and resolutions had 172 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Feinstein cosponsored 144 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 (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (60th 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 2013) 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.