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Sen. John Barrasso’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Barrasso’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Barrasso was busy being Senate Republican Conference Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

10 of Barrasso’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 268: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver ...; S. 382: Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in ...; S. 383: USE IT Act; S. 1061: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 1811: A bill to make technical ...; S. 1992: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2194: PREDATORS Act; S. 2302: America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 3047: Creating Opportunities And Leveraging Technologies ...; S. 3051: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

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

Barrasso introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 40: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; S. 268: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver ...; S. 990: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program ...; S. 1061: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (90th 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.


 

Ranked 6th most right (~conservative) 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 80: Jobs and Premium Protection Act; S. 217: Open Book on Equal Access ...; S. 268: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver ...; S. 286: Mental Health Access Improvement Act ...; S. 343: Fairness for Every Driver Act; S. 383: USE IT Act; S. 596: A bill to amend title ...; S. 990: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program ...; S. 1037: Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act ...; S. 1087: Water Quality Certification Improvement Act ...; S. 2917: Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act ...; S.Res. 41: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...; S.Res. 46: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

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

Barrasso’s bills and resolutions had 271 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Held the 11th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 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 Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Barrasso cosponsored 132 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 Party Leaders (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 24th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 132 bills that Barrasso cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 24th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrasso introduced 11 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 40: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; S. 207: A bill to enhance tribal ...; S. 268: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver ...; S. 383: USE IT Act; S. 990: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program ...; S. 1061: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 1811: A bill to make technical ...; S. 1830: Energy Security Cooperation with Allied ...; S. 1992: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2302: America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 3051: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Barrasso introduced 30 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Barrasso’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Barrasso caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Barrasso missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (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 2019) 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.