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Sen. Jerry Moran’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Kansas
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2029


These statistics cover Moran’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 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.

 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Moran introduced 12 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. 576: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans …; S. 2330: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur …; S. 2584: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related …; S. 2910: A bill to establish aviation …; S. 3084: A bill to amend title …; S. 3132: A bill to extend the …; S. 3414: Major Medical Facility Authorization Act …; S. 3450: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3503: A bill to authorize the …; S. 4511: Veteran Benefits Enhancement and Expansion …; S. 4579: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act …; S.J.Res. 61: A joint resolution approving the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (96th 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.


 

Was 7th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Moran missed 10.4% of votes (75 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Moran’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 289 bills that Moran cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Held the 10th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Moran held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Moran’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 13th most politically right compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Moran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 33 of Moran’s 47 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Moran caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Moran introduced 21 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 226: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of …; S. 389: First Infantry Recognition of Sacrifice …; S. 576: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans …; S. 633: “Six Triple Eight” Congressional Gold …; S. 1858: CPSC CIO Parity Act; S. 2330: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur …; S. 2584: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related …; S. 2910: A bill to establish aviation …; S. 3084: A bill to amend title …; S. 3132: A bill to extend the …; S. 3248: United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization …; S. 3414: Major Medical Facility Authorization Act …; S. 3450: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3503: A bill to authorize the …; S. 4511: Veteran Benefits Enhancement and Expansion …; S. 4579: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act …; S.Res. 39: A resolution recognizing the 100th …; S.Res. 43: A resolution honoring the 150th …; S.Res. 314: A resolution honoring the centennial …; S.Res. 518: A resolution honoring the 100th …; S.J.Res. 61: A joint resolution approving the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Moran introduced 47 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Moran’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. 576: Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans …; S. 3084: A bill to amend title …; S. 3450: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3678: A bill to amend title …; S. 3899: Veterans Economic Recovery Act of …; S. 4287: COVID–19 Benefits for Active Duty …; S. 4579: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act …; S. 4838: United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 226: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of …; S. 762: Aviation Funding Stability Act of …; S. 2330: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur …; S. 2858: Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce …; S. 3132: A bill to extend the …; S. 3450: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3503: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3797: Small Packer Overtime and Holiday …; S. 4287: COVID–19 Benefits for Active Duty …; S. 4579: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act …; S. 4838: United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research …; S.Res. 43: A resolution honoring the 150th …; S.J.Res. 61: A joint resolution approving the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Moran cosponsored 289 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Moran’s bills and resolutions had 329 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 Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Moran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (48th 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.