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Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Massachusetts
Democrat
Serving Jul 16, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Markey’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Markey’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 most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 32 of Markey’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. 200: Restricting First Use of Nuclear ...; S. 574: Nuclear Cruise Missile Reconsideration Act ...; S. 708: INTERDICT Act; S. 752: Tar Sands Tax Loophole Elimination ...; S. 834: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 985: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 1235: Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures ...; S. 1568: President John F. Kennedy Commemorative ...; S. 1807: Climate Change Health Protection and ...; S. 1906: A bill to posthumously award ...; S. 2020: Cyber Shield Act of 2017; S. 2438: Flu Vaccine Act; S. 2628: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation ...; S. 2639: CONSENT Act; S. 2740: Climate Change Education Act; S. 2932: Do Not Track Kids Act ...; S. 2951: ESCAPE Act; S. 3020: International Human Rights Defense Act ...; S. 3286: CAMRA Act; S. 3344: Early Warning Reporting System Improvement ...; S. 3347: Don’t Break Up the T-Band ...; S. 3418: FASTER Act; S. 3445: Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release ...; S. 3448: Hold the LYNE Act; S. 3468: Nashua River Wild and Scenic ...; S. 3524: A bill to provide for ...; S. 3785: No Nuclear Weapons for Saudi ...; S.Res. 10: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 83: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 180: A resolution condemning the violence ...; S.Con.Res. 18: A concurrent resolution honoring David ...; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

Markey cosponsored 552 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 (91st percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Markey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (6th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Markey introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 186: Fair RATES Act; S. 708: INTERDICT Act; S.Res. 83: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 552 bills that Markey cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Senators

Markey introduced 78 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Markey’s bills and resolutions had 522 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 14th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Markey supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Markey 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Markey cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Markey missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Markey’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Markey introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 708: INTERDICT Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (6th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Markey’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 708: INTERDICT Act; S. 820: A bill to designate a ...; S. 834: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 3020: International Human Rights Defense Act ...; S. 3211: Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act ...; S.Res. 342: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Markey’s 78 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Markey caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Markey held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Markey’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Markey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (67th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.