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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Massachusetts
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Warren’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Warren’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.

 

Ranked 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 359 bills that Warren cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (27th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Warren tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5 of Warren’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (5th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Warren introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1109: Truth in Settlements Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Warren introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Warren’s bills and resolutions had 185 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

3 of Warren’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 793: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; S. 1772: Schedules That Work Act; S. 2624: National Biomedical Research Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to All Senators

Warren cosponsored 359 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 (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Ranked the 26th bottom follower 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Warren missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Warren’s Profile »

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Warren’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. 320: Medical Innovation Act of 2015; S. 793: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; S. 885: National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of ...; S. 1109: Truth in Settlements Act of ...; S. 1709: 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of ...; S. 1772: Schedules That Work Act; S. 2251: SAVE Benefits Act; S. 2578: Reducing Unused Medications Act of ...; S. 3025: Graduate Student Savings Act of ...; S. 3118: Derivatives Oversight and Taxpayer Protection ...; S.Res. 63: A resolution congratulating the New ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Warren supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Warren 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Warren cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Warren held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Warren’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Warren introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 885: National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of ...; S. 2744: Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (40th 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.


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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.