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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Ranked the 6th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 12 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 76: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 239: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act ...; S. 327: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act; S. 715: Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act; S. 1251: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...; S. 2508: Promoting American Energy Jobs Act ...; S. 2525: Guaranteeing Equipment Safety for Firefighters ...; S.Res. 101: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 343: A resolution congratulating the people ...; S.Res. 347: A resolution designating October 2, ...; S.Res. 351: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 431: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 520 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 379 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Shaheen introduced 62 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

9 of Shaheen’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 239: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act ...; S. 368: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 1049: Access to Contraception for Servicemembers ...; S. 1743: International Climate Accountability Act; S. 2045: SBIR and STTR Permanency and ...; S. 2350: Online Sales Simplicity and Small ...; S.Res. 134: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 343: A resolution congratulating the people ...; S.Res. 344: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Shaheen’s 62 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Shaheen caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen cosponsored 379 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 (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Shaheen introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 76: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 239: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act ...; S. 1251: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd 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.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 76: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 327: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act; S. 368: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 872: Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of ...; S. 1055: Homeland Procurement Reform Act; S. 1071: Keeping Girls in School Act; S. 1105: PFAS Registry Act of 2019; S. 1251: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...; S. 1477: Public Engagement at FERC Act; S. 1707: SAFE Bridges Act of 2019; S. 2102: Turn the Tide Act; S. 2199: Insulin Price Reduction Act; S. 3061: Fair Housing for Domestic Violence ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

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 (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Shaheen missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2019) 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.