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Sen. Joe Manchin III’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from West Virginia
Democrat
Serving Nov 15, 2010 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Manchin’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 Manchin’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.

 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Manchin cosponsored 302 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 (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd 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 Manchin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 302 bills that Manchin cosponsored, 54% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

Manchin introduced 6 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. 27: American Miners Act of 2019; S. 1081: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...; S. 2788: Bipartisan American Miners Act of ...; S. 2995: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3147: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3374: Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd 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 9th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Manchin introduced 15 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 27: American Miners Act of 2019; S. 1052: Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal ...; S. 1064: Appalachian Energy for National Security ...; S. 1081: Land and Water Conservation Fund ...; S. 1201: EFFECT Act of 2019; S. 2788: Bipartisan American Miners Act of ...; S. 2995: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3147: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3374: Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act; S.Res. 350: A resolution designating September 2019 ...; S.Res. 423: A resolution recognizing November 2019 ...; S.Res. 473: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 519: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 718: A resolution reaffirming the Senate’s ...; S.Res. 742: A resolution designating September 2020 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Manchin’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. 418: FDA Accountability for Public Safety ...; S. 425: Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment ...; S. 1415: Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act ...; S. 1486: Prioritizing Our Workers Act; S. 2995: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3147: Improving Safety and Security for ...; S. 3308: Guard and Reserve Hazard Duty ...; S. 3344: Saving America’s Future by Educating ...; S. 3714: PPP DEAL Act; S. 3823: Save Our Rural Health Providers ...; S. 4282: Crisis Care Improvement and Suicide ...; S.Res. 718: A resolution reaffirming the Senate’s ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

5 of Manchin’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. 1052: Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal ...; S. 1201: EFFECT Act of 2019; S. 2062: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 4435: POST Act; S.Res. 18: A resolution authorizing the Senate ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Manchin introduced 59 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 33 of Manchin’s 59 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Manchin caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Manchin held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Manchin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Manchin’s bills and resolutions had 313 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 (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 Manchin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Manchin missed 2.1% of votes (15 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Manchin’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th 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.