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Sen. John Barrasso’s 2016 Report Card

Junior Senator from Wyoming
Republican
Serving Jun 25, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Barrasso’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to All Senators

Of the 185 bills that Barrasso cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Ranked 4th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrasso introduced 16 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 209: Indian Tribal Energy Development and ...; S. 286: Department of the Interior Tribal ...; S. 438: IRRIGATE Act; S. 544: Secret Science Reform Act of ...; S. 593: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; S. 710: Native American Housing Assistance and ...; S. 1140: Federal Water Quality Protection Act; S. 1305: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1704: SURVIVE Act; S. 1776: TIRES Act; S. 1879: Interior Improvement Act; S. 2580: RAISE Act of 2016; S. 2717: DRIFT Act of 2016; S. 2920: Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization ...; S. 2953: IHS Accountability Act of 2016; S. 3234: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Barrasso 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 Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

10 of Barrasso’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 183: Jobs and Premium Protection Act; S. 209: Indian Tribal Energy Development and ...; S. 286: Department of the Interior Tribal ...; S. 438: IRRIGATE Act; S. 544: Secret Science Reform Act of ...; S. 982: Water Rights Protection Act; S. 1140: Federal Water Quality Protection Act; S. 1704: SURVIVE Act; S. 2031: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; S. 2240: Federal Land Invasive Species Control, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Was 13th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Barrasso missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 18th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Barrasso cosponsored 185 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 Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 411: Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act; S. 544: Secret Science Reform Act of ...; S. 836: Family Health Care Flexibility Act; S. 982: Water Rights Protection Act; S. 1305: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1428: Excess Uranium Transparency and Accountability ...; S. 1475: Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act; S. 1657: Dams Accountability, Maintenance, and Safety ...; S. 2031: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; S.Con.Res. 4: A concurrent resolution supporting the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Barrasso supported any of 22 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Barrasso introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (44th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Barrasso introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 2717: DRIFT Act of 2016

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (15th 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

Barrasso tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16 of Barrasso’s 39 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Barrasso’s bills and resolutions had 334 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (73rd 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.