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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Warren’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Warren cosponsored 351 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 (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

6 of Warren’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1162: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; S. 1379: Graduate Student Savings Act of ...; S. 1386: Schedules That Work Act; S. 1564: Refund Equality Act of 2017; S. 1819: Equal Employment for All Act ...; S.Con.Res. 15: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Held the 6th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

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. 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 Warren’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Warren’s bills and resolutions had 310 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th top leader 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 20th most bills compared to All Senators

Warren introduced 39 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 20th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Warren supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Warren 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Warren cosponsored S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Warren’s 39 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 65: Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act ...; S. 670: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of ...; S. 1145: Truth in Settlements Act of ...; S. 1198: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act ...; S. 1440: Contractor Accountability and Workplace Safety ...; S. 1564: Refund Equality Act of 2017; S. 1800: Securing the Electric Grid to ...; S. 1838: Protecting Workers and Improving Labor ...; S. 2172: Medical Innovation Act of 2017; S.Con.Res. 26: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Warren introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 670: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of ...; S.Res. 58: A resolution congratulating the New ...; S.Res. 329: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 336: A resolution recognizing the seriousness ...; S.Con.Res. 15: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...; S.Con.Res. 26: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Warren missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Warren’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Warren introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 670: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 351 bills that Warren cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (54th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

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


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 2017) 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.