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Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr.’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Wisconsin's 5th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Sensenbrenner’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives 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.

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 Sensenbrenner’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the highest % of bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Sensenbrenner’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); Safe House Seats (74th percentile); All Representatives (73rd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Sensenbrenner’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 2843: Medicare Data Access for Transparency ...; H.R. 3465: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 3899: Voting Rights Amendment Act of ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (68th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

10 of Sensenbrenner’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: H.R. 875: To provide for a comprehensive ...; H.R. 973: Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act ...; H.R. 1073: Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and ...; H.R. 1861: Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act; H.R. 2992: Business Activity Tax Simplification Act ...; H.R. 3157: Public Access to Public Science ...; H.R. 3361: USA FREEDOM Act; H.R. 3465: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 3899: Voting Rights Amendment Act of ...; H.R. 5252: Tax and Fee Collection Fairness ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 35th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Sensenbrenner missed 1.4% of votes (17 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Sensenbrenner’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Safe House Seats (29th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Introduced the 36th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Sensenbrenner introduced 24 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); Safe House Seats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked 39th most politically right compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Sensenbrenner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); Safe House Seats (64th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Ranked the 48th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Sensenbrenner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Republicans (81st percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 44th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sensenbrenner introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 875: To provide for a comprehensive ...; H.R. 1073: Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and ...; H.R. 1944: Private Property Rights Protection Act ...; H.R. 3361: USA FREEDOM Act

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (77th percentile); Safe House Seats (87th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got the 53rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Sensenbrenner’s bills and resolutions had 590 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 Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); Safe House Seats (88th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 55th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 196 bills that Sensenbrenner cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); Safe House Seats (43rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Sensenbrenner introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (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.


 

Committee Positions

Sensenbrenner 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. View Sensenbrenner’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); Safe House Seats (40th percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Sensenbrenner cosponsored 196 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 Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); Safe House Seats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Sensenbrenner supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sensenbrenner 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.