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Sen. Jerry Moran’s 2017 Report Card

Junior Senator from Kansas
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special year-end statistics cover Moran’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 Moran’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 14th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Moran missed 3.4% of votes (11 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Moran’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 21 others)

2 of Moran’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 609: Chiropractic Care Available to All ...; S. 2038: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moran introduced 8 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 12: Increasing the Department of Veterans ...; S. 63: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of ...; S. 167: National Memorial to Fallen Educators ...; S. 189: Fort Scott National Historic Site ...; S. 703: Wichita Project Equus Beds Division ...; S. 1557: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and ...; S.Res. 115: A resolution commemorating the 100th ...; S.Res. 174: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Moran 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 Moran’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 123 bills that Moran cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Moran cosponsored 123 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 (50th percentile); All Senators (26th 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 Moran’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. 1935: Tribal Tax and Investment Reform ...; S. 2038: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans ...; S. 2049: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2050: Health Care Market Certainty and ...; S. 2054: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Moran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Moran supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Moran 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Bills Introduced

Moran introduced 31 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (67th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Moran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Moran introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Moran tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 11 of Moran’s 31 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Moran’s bills and resolutions had 125 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (50th percentile); All Senators (41st 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 2017) 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.