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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from New Hampshire
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Shaheen’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Shaheen introduced 17 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 2915: Supporting Veteran Survivors of Domestic ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 533: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 740: A resolution designating October 7, ...; S.Res. 746: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 784: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Shaheen introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 76: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 239: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act ...; S. 327: Wounded Veterans Recreation Act; S. 1251: Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act ...; S. 2915: Supporting Veteran Survivors of Domestic ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (69th 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.


 

Ranked 10th most politically right 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 608 bills that Shaheen cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Ranked the 13th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Shaheen’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th 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. 48 of Shaheen’s 92 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Shaheen caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).

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


 

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

Shaheen introduced 92 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen cosponsored 608 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Shaheen’s bills and resolutions had 648 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

11 of Shaheen’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 239: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act ...; S. 368: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 872: Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of ...; 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. 3480: PFAS Testing and Treatment Act ...; 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 Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 73: End Taxpayer Subsidies for Drug ...; S. 76: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation ...; S. 185: Investing in State Energy Act; 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. 2942: A bill to amend the ...; S. 3061: Fair Housing for Domestic Violence ...; S. 3223: Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping ...; S. 3525: Supporting Charitable Institutions Act of ...; S.Res. 784: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (59th 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 Senate Democrats (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Shaheen missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Shaheen’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.