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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from California
Democrat
Serving Nov 10, 1992 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Feinstein’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 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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Feinstein introduced 27 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 67: California Desert Protection and Recreation ...; S. 93: Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act; S. 308: Santa Ana River Wash Plan ...; S. 316: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; S. 774: Rim of the Valley Corridor ...; S. 906: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction ...; S. 1253: Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes ...; S. 2032: Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion ...; S. 4043: Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study ...; S. 4556: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 4612: Methamphetamine Response Act of 2020; S.Res. 36: A resolution supporting the observation ...; S.Res. 125: A resolution designating March 2019 ...; S.Res. 178: A resolution recognizing and supporting ...; S.Res. 208: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 302: A resolution designating September 2019 ...; S.Res. 304: A resolution designating September 2019 ...; S.Res. 462: A resolution designating January 2020 ...; S.Res. 560: A resolution recognizing and supporting ...; S.Res. 563: A resolution designating March 2020, ...; S.Res. 649: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 678: A resolution designating September 2020 ...; S.Res. 690: A resolution designating September 2020 ...; S.Res. 753: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 772: A resolution congratulating the Los ...; S.Res. 773: A resolution congratulating the Los ...; S.Res. 799: A resolution designating December 2020 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Held the 3rd 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Feinstein cosponsored 687 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 Democrats (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Feinstein’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. 2612: A bill for the relief ...; S. 4132: National Commission on the COVID–19 ...; S. 4476: Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of ...; S.Res. 492: A resolution supporting the observation ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Feinstein introduced 5 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. 67: California Desert Protection and Recreation ...; S. 93: Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act; S. 308: Santa Ana River Wash Plan ...; S. 316: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; S. 4043: Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (69th 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.


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Feinstein’s bills and resolutions had 685 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 Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 19th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 28 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. 93: Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act; S. 127: A bill to direct the ...; S. 308: Santa Ana River Wash Plan ...; S. 316: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage ...; S. 703: Ensuring Safe Housing for Our ...; S. 906: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction ...; S. 923: Fighting Homelessness Through Services and ...; S. 974: A bill to modify the ...; S. 1253: Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes ...; S. 1318: West Coast Ocean Protection Act ...; S. 1438: Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization ...; S. 2083: Athletics Fair Pay Act of ...; S. 2983: A bill to require the ...; S. 3042: Small Passenger Vessel Safety Act ...; S. 3070: Preventing Pill Mills Through Data ...; S. 3946: Helicopter Safety Act of 2020; S. 3974: Kobe Bryant & Gianna Bryant ...; S. 4431: Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety ...; S. 4530: Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program ...; S. 4556: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 4612: Methamphetamine Response Act of 2020; S. 4683: Battleship Iowa National Museum of ...; S. 4718: Stopping the Fraudulent Sales of ...; S. 4955: HITS Act; S.Res. 178: A resolution recognizing and supporting ...; S.Res. 208: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 560: A resolution recognizing and supporting ...; S.Res. 649: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 22nd 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 Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Introduced the 23rd most bills compared to All Senators

Feinstein introduced 83 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Feinstein’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 34 of Feinstein’s 83 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Feinstein caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 687 bills that Feinstein cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Feinstein missed 1.4% of votes (10 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Feinstein’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


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.