skip to main content

Sen. John Barrasso’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Barrasso’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.

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.

 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

Barrasso introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

Barrasso’s bills and resolutions had 304 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 Party Leaders (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

Barrasso cosponsored 219 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 (14th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

14 of Barrasso’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. 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: Water Resources Development Act of ...; 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; S. 3590: Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 3591: America’s Water Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 4694: Russian Suspension Agreement Extension Act ...; S.Con.Res. 5: A concurrent resolution supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most politically right 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 Barrasso’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (21st percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Of the 219 bills that Barrasso cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (21st percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Barrasso introduced 7 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. 40: Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act; S. 268: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver ...; S. 382: Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in ...; S. 990: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program ...; S. 1061: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 2194: PREDATORS Act; S. 3051: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (82nd 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Barrasso introduced 16 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 382: Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in ...; S. 383: USE IT Act; S. 990: Platte River Recovery Implementation Program ...; S. 1061: John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization ...; S. 1811: Water Resources Development Act of ...; S. 1830: Energy Security Cooperation with Allied ...; S. 1992: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2194: PREDATORS Act; S. 2302: America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 3051: America’s Conservation Enhancement Act; S. 3590: Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 3591: America’s Water Infrastructure Act of ...; S. 4897: American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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. 3390: Physician Shortage GME Cap Flex ...; S.Res. 41: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...; S.Res. 46: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Barrasso’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Barrasso caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Barrasso 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 Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Barrasso missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Barrasso’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (1st 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.