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Sen. James Lankford’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Oklahoma
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Lankford’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 Lankford’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 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 of Lankford’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. 183: Conscience Protection Act of 2019; S. 330: The Free Speech Fairness Act; S. 395: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act ...; S. 577: Import Tax Relief Act of ...; S. 922: Protecting NATO Skies Act of ...; S. 2177: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 2860: Patient Access to Higher Quality ...; S. 2888: A bill to amend title ...; S. 3128: A bill to amend title ...; S. 4032: Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act; S. 4138: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act; S. 4658: Women’s Public Health and Safety ...; S. 4678: PTC Elimination Act; S.Res. 152: A resolution expressing the importance ...; S.Res. 153: A resolution reaffirming the unique ...; S.Res. 458: A resolution calling for the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 15th most politically right 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 Lankford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the 22nd bottom/follower 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 Lankford’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 23rd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lankford introduced 18 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 395: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act ...; S. 1419: Early Participation in Regulations Act ...; S. 1430: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act ...; S. 1829: GREAT Act; S. 1877: Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of ...; S. 2132: Promoting Security and Justice for ...; S. 2169: A bill to amend section ...; S. 2177: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 2757: HELP for Small Businesses Act; S. 3009: Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of ...; S. 3412: Guidance Clarity Act of 2020; S. 4138: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act; S. 4461: Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of ...; S.Res. 50: A resolution improving procedures for ...; S.Res. 152: A resolution expressing the importance ...; S.Res. 180: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 458: A resolution calling for the ...; S.Res. 599: A resolution honoring the life ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got the 24th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Lankford’s bills and resolutions had 200 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 Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lankford introduced 3 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. 1430: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act ...; S. 1829: GREAT Act; S. 4138: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (35th 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

Lankford introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

9 of Lankford’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. 395: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act ...; S. 1430: Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act ...; S. 1829: GREAT Act; S. 1877: Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of ...; S. 2169: A bill to amend section ...; S. 2177: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 4708: Pandemic Preparedness, Response, and Recovery ...; S.Res. 50: A resolution improving procedures for ...; S.Res. 152: A resolution expressing the importance ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Lankford’s 41 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lankford caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Lankford held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Lankford’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Lankford cosponsored 285 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 Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 285 bills that Lankford cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Lankford missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lankford’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (1st percentile).


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.