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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from North Dakota
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Heitkamp’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Heitkamp’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 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heitkamp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Held the most committee positions compared to Senate Sophomores

Heitkamp held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 Heitkamp’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Heitkamp’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. 835: Tribal Adoption Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd highest % of bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 44% of Heitkamp’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heitkamp introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 246: Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter ...; S. 546: RESPONSE Act of 2015; S. 1808: Northern Border Security Review Act; S. 1817: Smarter Regs Act of 2015

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores

GovTrack looked at whether Heitkamp supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heitkamp 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heitkamp cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1820: Early Participation in Regulations Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 162 bills that Heitkamp cosponsored, 57% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (87th percentile); Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

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


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Heitkamp’s bills and resolutions had 164 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heitkamp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (75th percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heitkamp cosponsored 162 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 (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 26th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 22 others)

2 of Heitkamp’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 246: Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter ...; S. 1808: Northern Border Security Review Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heitkamp introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Missed Votes

Heitkamp missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Heitkamp’s Profile »

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


 

Bills Introduced

Heitkamp introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (43rd 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 2015) 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.