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Sen. John Barrasso’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Barrasso’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 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 3rd least often compared to All Senators

Of the 94 bills that Barrasso cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (3rd percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

8 of Barrasso’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. 378: Open Book on Equal Access ...; S. 509: Federal Land Invasive Species Control, ...; S. 512: Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization ...; S. 677: Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act; S. 826: WILD Act; S. 1250: Restoring Accountability in the Indian ...; S. 1359: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S.J.Res. 11: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Ranked 12th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Held the 9th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Barrasso held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Barrasso’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 14th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Barrasso cosponsored 94 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 (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Barrasso missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Barrasso 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Barrasso introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrasso introduced 7 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 199: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 216: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; S. 302: John P. Smith Act; S. 512: Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization ...; S. 826: WILD Act; S. 1359: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 1514: HELP for Wildlife Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 378: Open Book on Equal Access ...; S. 509: Federal Land Invasive Species Control, ...; S. 546: American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act; S. 677: Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act; S. 1250: Restoring Accountability in the Indian ...; S.J.Res. 11: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Barrasso’s bills and resolutions had 143 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 Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (50th 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 Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (61st 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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 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.