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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Shaheen’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Shaheen’s 45 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

6 of Shaheen’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 355: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of ...; S. 635: Jury ACCESS Act; S. 920: National Clinical Care Commission Act; S. 957: Access to Contraception for Women ...; S. 1141: Women, Peace, and Security Act ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

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 (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 7 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 920: National Clinical Care Commission Act; S. 929: Invest in Rural Small Business ...; S. 1141: Women, Peace, and Security Act ...; S.Res. 84: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 288: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 290: A resolution designating October 5, ...; S.Res. 313: A resolution designating the week ...

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


 

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

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 288 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (80th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Shaheen introduced 45 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

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


 

Cosponsored the 15th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen cosponsored 253 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 (67th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 12th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Shaheen introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 920: National Clinical Care Commission Act; S. 1141: Women, Peace, and Security Act ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (77th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th 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 253 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Shaheen missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 312: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 625: Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and ...; S. 630: Keeping Our Promise to Our ...; S. 768: Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act; S. 846: SAFE Bridges Act of 2017; S. 1170: Global Respect Act of 2017; S. 1172: Global Respect Act of 2017; S. 1240: Public Engagement at FERC Act; S. 1462: Marketplace Certainty Act; S. 1601: Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Government Transparency

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 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Shaheen cosponsored S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (74th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.