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Sen. John Boozman’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Arkansas
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Boozman’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 Boozman’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.

 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Boozman cosponsored 281 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 Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Ranked 13th 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 Boozman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Senators

Boozman introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Boozman introduced 6 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 425: Veterans Homeless Programs, Caregiver Services, ...; S. 806: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act ...; S. 1707: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1910: Financial Services and General Government ...; S. 3067: Financial Services and General Government ...; S.Res. 504: A resolution recognizing the 70th ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Boozman’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. 543: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform ...; S.Res. 232: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 237: A resolution condemning Joseph Kony ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Boozman held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Boozman’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 281 bills that Boozman cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Boozman’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. 459: Provider Tax Administrative Simplification Act ...; S. 485: APPROVAL Act; S. 543: EPA Science Advisory Board Reform ...; S. 573: General Aviation Pilot Protection Act ...; S. 1707: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2178: Timber Revitalization and Economic Enhancement ...; S. 2712: Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act ...; S. 2940: Medicare Access to Radiology Care ...; S.Res. 237: A resolution condemning Joseph Kony ...; S.J.Res. 40: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all 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 Boozman supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Boozman 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 Boozman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Boozman introduced 4 bills 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. 1678: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1707: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1910: Financial Services and General Government ...; S. 2712: Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (67th 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

Boozman tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17 of Boozman’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Boozman’s bills and resolutions had 245 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 Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Boozman missed 0.8% of votes (4 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Boozman’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (27th 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.