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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.

 

Committee Positions

2nd highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 2nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 53 0
16 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 2nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

6th most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Democrats 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 7
107 bills View All
All Senators 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

6th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Democrats 6th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 6th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

8th lowest % of bills among 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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th lowest % of bills out of 35 8
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th lowest % of bills out of 49 8
61% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th lowest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 23rd lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

8th most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Democrats 18th most bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 51
375 bills View All
All Senators 28th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

13th most bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Democrats 10th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 13th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Working with the House

22nd most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Democrats 16th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

25th most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most liberal out of 41
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Senate Democrats 24th most liberal out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 15th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 25th most liberal out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

26th least bipartisan among All Senators

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th least bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th least bipartisan out of 53 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 26th least bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 26th least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

18th most bills among All Senators; tied with 18 others

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Democrats 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 54 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Missed Votes

27th most absent among All Senators

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th most absent out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th most absent out of 54 0
17% missed votes View All
All Senators 27th most absent out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Leadership Score

36th best score among 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th best score out of 41
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Senate Democrats 26th worst score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 25th best score out of 54
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All Senators 36th best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

43rd most cosponsors among All Senators; tied with 1 other

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 20th most cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 26th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 25th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 54 9
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 43rd most cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Feinstein supported any of 8 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th most supportive (tied w/ 16) out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Democrats 9th least supportive (tied w/ 20) out of 53 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most supportive (tied w/ 21) out of 54 0
8 points View All
All Senators 30th most supportive (tied w/ 35) out of 100 0
8 points View All

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.

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.