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Sen. John Barrasso’s 2013 Report Card

Junior Senator from Wyoming
Republican
Serving Jun 25, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Barrasso’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Barrasso’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Barrasso held a leadership position on 1 committee and 3 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 Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most conservative compared to All Senators

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrasso introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 258: Grazing Improvement Act; S. 306: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...; S. 327: Good Neighbor Forestry Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Barrasso’s bills and resolutions had 159 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 128 bills that Barrasso cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Barrasso introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Barrasso introduced 16 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Barrasso’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 603: Jobs and Premium Protection Act; S. 1006: Preserve the Waters of the ...; S.Con.Res. 6: A concurrent resolution supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (61st 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 Barrasso’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. 192: Expedited LNG for American Allies ...; S. 306: Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit ...; S. 1630: Water Rights Protection Act; S. 1711: State Health Care Choice Act; S.Con.Res. 6: A concurrent resolution supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Barrasso tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Barrasso’s 16 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (68th percentile); Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Barrasso cosponsored 128 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (40th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Barrasso missed 0.7% of votes (2 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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