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Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr.’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Sensenbrenner’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives 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 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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Wisconsin Delegation

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. 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 Sensenbrenner’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Wisconsin Delegation

Sensenbrenner introduced 17 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Sensenbrenner missed 16.9% of votes (161 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Sensenbrenner’s Profile »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); All Representatives (96th 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.


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to House Republicans

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 Sensenbrenner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Got the 14th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Sensenbrenner’s bills and resolutions had 442 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 Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 16th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 15 others)

5 of Sensenbrenner’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: H.R. 555: Disability Integration Act of 2019; H.R. 1799: Voting Rights Amendment Act of ...; H.R. 2835: Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting ...; H.R. 3396: Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders ...; H.R. 3972: Regulations from the Executive in ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 24th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 555: Disability Integration Act of 2019; H.R. 1098: Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act; H.R. 1738: Protecting Children Through Eliminating Visa ...; H.R. 2090: National Scenic Trails Parity Act; H.R. 2935: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues ...

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Sensenbrenner’s 17 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sensenbrenner caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 40th most politically left compared to House Republicans

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 Sensenbrenner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 43rd most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 193 bills that Sensenbrenner cosponsored, 54% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (88th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 91st fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Sensenbrenner cosponsored 193 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 (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sensenbrenner introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Wisconsin Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sensenbrenner introduced 0 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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