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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Heitkamp’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 3rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heitkamp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (94th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th 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 277 bills that Heitkamp cosponsored, 52% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heitkamp introduced 16 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 444: Supporting America’s Innovators Act of ...; S. 567: Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility ...; S. 943: Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program ...; S. 1112: Maternal Health Accountability Act of ...; S. 1942: Savanna’s Act; S. 2178: Inspector General Recommendation Transparency Act ...; S. 2762: Next Generation in Agriculture Act; S. 2788: A bill to repeal the ...; S.Res. 40: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 152: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 153: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 203: A resolution designating the month ...; S.Res. 400: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 479: A resolution designating April 2018 ...; S.Res. 495: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 554: A resolution designating the month ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 444: Supporting America’s Innovators Act of ...; S. 567: Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility ...; S. 774: Trauma-Informed Care for Children and ...; S. 1942: Savanna’s Act; S. 2327: No Government No Pay Act ...; S. 3165: Interagency Committee on Women’s Business ...; S. 3407: Agricultural Export Promotion Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heitkamp cosponsored 277 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 (19th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 14th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Heitkamp supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heitkamp 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heitkamp sponsored S. 2178: Inspector General Recommendation Transparency Act ...

Heitkamp cosponsored S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 3027: Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heitkamp introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 567: Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility ...; S. 943: Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program ...; S. 1112: Maternal Health Accountability Act of ...; S. 2762: Next Generation in Agriculture Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 Introduced

Heitkamp introduced 44 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Heitkamp’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1112: Maternal Health Accountability Act of ...; S. 1942: Savanna’s Act; S. 2327: No Government No Pay Act ...; S. 2489: Tribal Food and Housing Security ...; S. 3165: Interagency Committee on Women’s Business ...; S.Res. 203: A resolution designating the month ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 26 of Heitkamp’s 44 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Heitkamp caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

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. View Heitkamp’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Heitkamp’s bills and resolutions had 358 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (51st percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heitkamp’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Heitkamp missed 2.8% of votes (17 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Heitkamp’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (73rd 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 115th Congress) 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.