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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Massachusetts
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Warren’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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 44 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. 272: A bill to establish the ...; S. 448: Graduate Student Savings Act of ...; S. 467: Native American Suicide Prevention Act ...; S. 693: National POW/MIA Flag Act; S. 768: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; S. 787: American Housing and Economic Mobility ...; S. 1028: Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through ...; S. 1118: Gold Star Spouses and Spouses ...; S. 1229: Military Housing Oversight and Service ...; S. 1312: United States Territorial Relief Act ...; S. 1336: Data Breach Prevention and Compensation ...; S. 1365: Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act ...; S. 1498: Department of Defense Climate Resiliency ...; S. 1576: Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act; S. 1878: Universal Child Care and Early ...; S. 1940: Refund Equality Act of 2019; S. 2143: College Student Hunger Act of ...; S. 2155: Stop Wall Street Looting Act; S. 2235: Student Loan Debt Relief Act ...; S. 2506: Air Traffic Noise and Pollution ...; S. 3087: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 3164: Remove the Stain Act; S. 3212: Public Housing Emergency Response Act; S. 3215: Accountable Capitalism Act; S. 3255: Nationwide Right To Unionize Act; S. 3358: Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights ...; S. 3849: Emergency Limitation Periods Extensions for ...; S. 3852: Protection of Civilians in Military ...; S. 3855: CORE Act; S. 3858: PRICE Act; S. 4000: Andrew Kearse Accountability for Denial ...; S. 4141: Bank on Students Coronavirus Emergency ...; S. 4170: Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination ...; S. 4184: Assisted Living Facility Coronavirus Reporting ...; S. 4331: DIGITAL Reservations Act; S. 4533: Anti-Racism in Public Health Act ...; S. 4536: COVID–19 in Corrections Data Transparency ...; S. 4752: Truth and Healing Commission on ...; S. 4769: Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act ...; S. 4809: Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act ...; S. 4811: Federal Correctional Facilities COVID–19 Response ...; S. 4941: COVID Community Care Act; S. 4984: COVID–19 in Immigration Detention Data ...; S.Res. 647: A resolution recognizing the forthcoming ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Warren missed 39.6% of votes (285 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Warren’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to All Senators

Warren cosponsored 758 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 (85th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

15 of Warren’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. 448: Graduate Student Savings Act of ...; S. 768: Bank on Students Emergency Loan ...; S. 882: Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act ...; S. 997: United States Cadet Nurse Corps ...; S. 1329: AI/AN CAPTA; S. 1940: Refund Equality Act of 2019; S. 3256: Schedules That Work Act; S. 3849: Emergency Limitation Periods Extensions for ...; S. 3856: Public Health Emergency Shelter Act ...; S. 4097: Protecting Renters from Evictions and ...; S. 4464: Federal Reserve Racial and Economic ...; S. 4566: Modernizing Notice of Lease Terminations ...; S.Res. 647: A resolution recognizing the forthcoming ...; S.Con.Res. 15: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...; S.Con.Res. 48: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

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

Warren’s bills and resolutions had 776 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 (85th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to All Senators

Warren introduced 98 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Held the 10th fewest committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 9 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 (9th percentile).


 

Ranked 16th 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 Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th 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 Warren’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Warren introduced 4 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. 338: Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act; S. 693: National POW/MIA Flag Act; S. 1501: Blast Pressure Exposure Study Improvement ...; S. 4566: Modernizing Notice of Lease Terminations ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (57th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Warren introduced 9 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 338: Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act; S. 693: National POW/MIA Flag Act; S. 1501: Blast Pressure Exposure Study Improvement ...; S. 4566: Modernizing Notice of Lease Terminations ...; S.Res. 118: A resolution recognizing the importance ...; S.Res. 162: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 415: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 717: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Con.Res. 15: A concurrent resolution expressing support ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (48th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Warren’s 98 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Warren caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 758 bills that Warren cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


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.