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Sen. Harry Reid’s 2014 Report Card

Senate Minority Leader
Senior Senator from Nevada
Democrat
Served Jan 6, 1987 – Jan 3, 2017


These special statistics cover Reid’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Reid was busy being Minority Leader, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Reid’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 fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Reid cosponsored 95 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 (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Reid tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 8% of Reid’s 80 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).

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


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Reid 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 Reid’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

Reid introduced 80 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 11th most conservative 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Reid’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Reid’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 95 bills that Reid cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).

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


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Reid’s bills and resolutions had 370 cosponsors in the 113th 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 (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Reid introduced 10 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 6: Putting Our Veterans Back to ...; S. 342: Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement ...; S. 649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act ...; S. 788: A bill to suspend the ...; S. 974: Las Vegas Valley Public Land ...; S. 1569: Default Prevention Act of 2013; S. 1818: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - ...; S. 1859: Tax Extenders Act of 2013; S. 2479: Moapa Band of Paiutes Land ...; S. 2480: Nevada Native Nations Land Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

7 of Reid’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1: Immigration Reform that Works for ...; S. 2: Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence ...; S. 3: Strengthen our Schools and Students ...; S. 5: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 6: Putting Our Veterans Back to ...; S. 9: Clean and Fair Elections Act; S. 10: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Reid supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Reid 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Reid cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Reid introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 716: A bill to modify the ...; S. 1818: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Reid’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. 6: Putting Our Veterans Back to ...; S. 974: Las Vegas Valley Public Land ...; S. 1569: Default Prevention Act of 2013; S. 1818: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - ...; S. 1859: Tax Extenders Act of 2013; S. 2479: Moapa Band of Paiutes Land ...; S.J.Res. 39: A joint resolution relating to ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Reid missed 1.4% of votes (9 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Reid’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (36th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.