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Sen. Doug Jones’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Alabama
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2018 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Jones’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 Jones’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 bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Jones’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. 68: Smart Choices Act; S. 222: Back Pay Fairness Act of …; S. 566: Expanding Access to Capital for …; S. 1279: FUTURE Act; S. 2927: NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act …; S. 4414: American Dream Down Payment Act …; S. 4660: Diversity in Defense Act of …

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Jones held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, 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 Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Jones’s bills and resolutions had 174 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 Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically right compared to Senate Democrats

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 Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Jones introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Sophomores

Jones missed 5.1% of votes (37 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Jones’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Jones introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 622: Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act …; S. 1671: Aging Together Act; S. 2927: NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act …; S. 3505: Rapid Coverage for Coronavirus Vaccines …; S.Res. 160: A resolution recognizing the contributions …; S.Res. 315: A resolution memorializing the discovery …; S.Res. 332: A resolution instructing the managers …

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 Jones’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

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

3 of Jones’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. 622: Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act …; S. 3585: Moratorium on Coronavirus Evictions Act; S.Res. 160: A resolution recognizing the contributions …

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 506 bills that Jones cosponsored, 48% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Jones introduced 3 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. 622: Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act …; S. 1671: Aging Together Act; S. 3505: Rapid Coverage for Coronavirus Vaccines …

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (35th percentile); All Senators (35th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Jones’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Jones caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (29th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Jones cosponsored 506 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 Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (71st 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.