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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Shaheen’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Democrats

15 of Shaheen’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 119: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of ...; S. 270: Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal ...; S. 358: Access to Contraception for Women ...; S. 1286: Veterans Appeals Assistance and Improvement ...; S. 1754: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2116: Small Business Broadband and Emerging ...; S. 2120: Veterans Justice Outreach Act of ...; S. 2566: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act; S. 2645: Global Respect Act; S. 2793: SBIR and STTR Reauthorization and ...; S. 2812: SBIR and STTR Reauthorization and ...; S.Res. 97: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 388: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 482: A resolution urging the European ...; S.Res. 595: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Shaheen held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, 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 Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Shaheen’s 78 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (95th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 13 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 272: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; S. 480: National All Schedules Prescription Electronic ...; S. 957: Veterans Entrepreneurship Act; S. 966: CREED Act of 2015; S. 967: CLEAR SBA Act; S. 1756: Small Business Energy Efficiency Act ...; S. 2116: Small Business Broadband and Emerging ...; S. 2219: Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic ...; S. 2812: SBIR and STTR Reauthorization and ...; S. 3009: National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship ...; S.Res. 274: A resolution commemorating the 25th ...; S.Res. 388: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 482: A resolution urging the European ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen introduced 78 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th 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 380 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 13th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen cosponsored 380 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 (73rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 465 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (82nd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Shaheen supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Shaheen 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Shaheen sponsored S. 2121: Preserving American Access to Information ...

Shaheen cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 20th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 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. 272: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; S. 358: Access to Contraception for Women ...; S. 374: A bill to amend the ...; S. 475: Sugar Reform Act of 2015; S. 586: National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission ...; S. 967: CLEAR SBA Act; S. 1054: Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act; S. 1201: Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration ...; S. 1345: Access to Quality Diabetes Education ...; S. 2793: SBIR and STTR Reauthorization and ...; S. 2812: SBIR and STTR Reauthorization and ...; S. 2923: Saint-Gaudens National Park for the ...; S. 3012: Public Engagement at FERC Act; S. 3164: Fair Housing for Domestic Violence ...; S. 3298: Carl’s Law; S.Res. 282: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 616: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (68th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Shaheen introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 272: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; S. 2219: Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic ...; S. 2566: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (58th 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.


 

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Shaheen missed 0.8% of votes (4 of 502 votes) in the 114th 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.