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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Feinstein’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 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 1 other)

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 (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Feinstein introduced 69 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

9 of Feinstein’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. 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 (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Feinstein tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 20% of Feinstein’s 69 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (14th percentile); All Senators (24th 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 (tied with 1 other)

Feinstein cosponsored 270 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 (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Feinstein introduced 11 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 150: Assault Weapons Ban of 2013; S. 224: San Francisco Bay Restoration Act; S. 225: Buffalo Soldiers in the National ...; S. 1245: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 1451: Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of ...; S. 1631: FISA Improvements Act of 2013; S. 1681: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 2198: Emergency Drought Relief Act of ...; S. 2588: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of ...; S. 2741: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S.Res. 470: A resolution amending Senate Resolution ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 22nd 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. 13 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 ...; S. 1987: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 2016: California Emergency Drought Relief Act ...; S. 2622: Breast Density and Mammography Reporting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 25th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 270 bills that Feinstein cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Feinstein introduced 2 bills 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. 1636: A bill to redesignate certain ...; S. 1681: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th 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.


 

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 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Feinstein cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Feinstein’s bills and resolutions had 233 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 »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Feinstein missed 4.6% of votes (30 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Feinstein’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (73rd 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 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.