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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Shaheen’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Supported government transparency the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Shaheen supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Shaheen 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Shaheen sponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...

Shaheen cosponsored S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 35 of Shaheen’s 66 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Shaheen caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Shaheen missed 3.0% of votes (18 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 458 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 14 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 2508: Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization ...; S. 3561: National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 426: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 436: A resolution recognizing the Girl ...; S.Res. 533: A resolution commemorating the commissioning ...; S.Res. 658: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 668: A resolution designating October 5, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 786: Student and Student Athlete Opioid ...; S. 846: SAFE Bridges Act of 2017; S. 1111: Violence Against Women Veterans Act; 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 ...; S. 2439: Toll Credit Marketplace Act; S. 2719: PFAS Registry Act; S. 2793: Afghan Allies Protection Amendments Act ...; S. 3366: Expanding Access to DSMT Act ...; S. 3561: National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship ...; S.Res. 84: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 426: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 16th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen cosponsored 458 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 Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Shaheen introduced 66 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Shaheen introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 920: National Clinical Care Commission Act; S. 1141: Women, Peace, and Security Act ...; S. 2508: Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (36th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Shaheen’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 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. 2120: International Violence Against Women Act ...; S. 3725: Online Sales Simplicity and Small ...; S.Res. 396: A resolution to establish a ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (69th 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 Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 396 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (74th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (35th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (61st 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 115th Congress) 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.