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Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Flake’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him 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 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.

 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Flake missed 8.0% of votes (48 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Flake’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Flake introduced 68 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Flake cosponsored 127 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 Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 28: Health Savings Account Expansion Act ...; S. 62: January 8th National Memorial Act; S. 323: Universal Savings Account Act; S. 745: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 930: Western Area Power Administration Transparency ...; S. 1025: AFFIRM Act; S. 1222: La Paz County Land Conveyance ...; S. 1457: Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act; S. 1770: Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement ...; S. 1773: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1937: Border Security and Deferred Action ...; S. 2094: Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; S. 2199: Border Security and Deferred Action ...; S. 2512: A bill to amend the ...; S.J.Res. 34: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 127 bills that Flake cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 21st 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Flake’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Wrote the 19th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Flake introduced 6 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. 140: Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization ...; S. 946: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act ...; S. 1608: Wounded Officers Recovery Act of ...; S. 2779: Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery ...; S. 2850: A bill to amend the ...; S.J.Res. 34: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Flake introduced 18 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 140: Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization ...; S. 466: A bill to clarify the ...; S. 595: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 612: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; S. 930: Western Area Power Administration Transparency ...; S. 946: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act ...; S. 1305: CBP HiRe Act; S. 1457: Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act; S. 1608: Wounded Officers Recovery Act of ...; S. 2062: Oracle Cabins Conveyance Act of ...; S. 2199: Border Security and Deferred Action ...; S. 2464: Three-Year Border and DACA Extension ...; S. 2779: Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery ...; S. 2850: A bill to amend the ...; S.Res. 243: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 386: A resolution urging the Government ...; S.Res. 619: A resolution relative to the ...; S.J.Res. 34: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 25th least oftenn compared to All Senators (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Flake supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Flake 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Flake cosponsored S. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Flake’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. 452: ORDEAL Act of 2017; S. 595: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 946: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act ...; S. 2470: Age 21 Act; S.Res. 386: A resolution urging the Government ...; S.J.Res. 34: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 28 of Flake’s 68 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Flake caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Flake held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Flake’s bills and resolutions had 310 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 Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (62nd 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 Flake’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (68th 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.