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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from New Hampshire
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Shaheen’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators 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 Shaheen’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.

 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Shaheen introduced 3 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 540: Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act; S. 1566: A bill to extend the ...; S. 2791: EPS Service Parts Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

9 of Shaheen’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: S. 1820: Responsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars ...; S. 2074: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 2143: Veterans Entrepreneurship Act; S. 2197: A bill to repeal certain ...; S. 2329: Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act ...; S. 2481: Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity ...; S. 2971: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of ...; S.Res. 478: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 500: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 443 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 Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

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

GovTrack looked at whether Shaheen supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Shaheen 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Shaheen cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Introduced the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Shaheen introduced 63 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 of Shaheen’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. 345: Sugar Reform Act of 2013; S. 540: Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act; S. 761: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 913: Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research ...; S. 945: Access to Quality Diabetes Education ...; S. 1042: Veterans Legal Support Act of ...; S. 1566: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1844: Military Retirement Restoration Act; S. 2285: Small Business Access to Capital ...; S. 2298: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act; S. 2302: Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act; S. 2687: Access to Contraception for Women ...; S. 2791: EPS Service Parts Act of ...; S.Res. 94: A resolution recognizing the 50th ...; S.Res. 538: A resolution expressing the condolences ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 15th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Shaheen cosponsored 310 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 (74th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th highest % of bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 44% of Shaheen’s 63 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (81st 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 21st most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 9 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 373: Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal ...; S. 761: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 1283: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2014; S. 1392: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S. 1820: Responsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars ...; S. 2197: A bill to repeal certain ...; S. 2262: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ...; S.Res. 376: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 500: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Shaheen held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 310 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Shaheen missed 1.1% of votes (7 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (27th 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 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.