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Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Arizona
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Flake’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Flake’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 Sophomores

8 of Flake’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 145: National Park Access Act; S. 299: Freedom to Travel to Cuba ...; S. 638: Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms ...; S. 639: Agency PAYGO for Greenhouse Gases ...; S. 640: ORDEAL Act of 2015; S. 1603: Border Jobs for Veterans Act ...; S.Res. 104: A resolution to express the ...; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Flake cosponsored 111 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Flake’s bills and resolutions had 215 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Flake supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Flake 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Flake’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Sophomores

Flake missed 3.8% of votes (13 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Flake’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Flake introduced 30 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most conservative compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Flake’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 111 bills that Flake cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd lowest % of bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Flake tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 20% of Flake’s 30 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Flake introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Flake introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 145: National Park Access Act; S. 1592: A bill to clarify the ...; S. 1603: Border Jobs for Veterans Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Flake’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. 299: Freedom to Travel to Cuba ...; S. 2320: Universal Savings Account Act; S. 2384: Ratepayer Fairness Act of 2015; S.Res. 104: A resolution to express the ...; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Flake 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 Flake’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st 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 2015) 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.