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Sen. John Boozman’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Arkansas
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2029


These statistics cover Boozman’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.

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.

 

Ranked 5th 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 Boozman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Boozman introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Wrote the 8th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Boozman introduced 9 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. 1152: A bill to provide for …; S. 1381: A bill to modify the …; S. 1906: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; S. 3187: A bill to permit the …; S. 4365: A bill to clarify licensure …; S.J.Res. 65: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 66: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 72: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 73: A joint resolution providing for …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (91st 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.


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Boozman cosponsored 362 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 (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Boozman’s bills and resolutions had 257 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 Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Boozman’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 21st most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 362 bills that Boozman cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 25th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

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. 815: Access Technology Affordability Act of …; S. 986: A bill to release to …; S. 1906: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; S. 3187: A bill to permit the …; S. 4365: A bill to clarify licensure …; S. 4925: Smithsonian and National Gallery of …; S.Res. 112: A resolution expressing the sense …; S.Con.Res. 3: A concurrent resolution recognizing the …; S.J.Res. 72: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 73: A joint resolution providing for …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Boozman introduced 13 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1152: A bill to provide for …; S. 1381: A bill to modify the …; S. 1906: Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act; S. 2096: A bill to amend title …; S. 3187: A bill to permit the …; S. 4365: A bill to clarify licensure …; S.Res. 135: A resolution expressing the gratitude …; S.Res. 774: A resolution honoring the United …; S.Con.Res. 3: A concurrent resolution recognizing the …; S.J.Res. 65: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 66: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 72: A joint resolution providing for …; S.J.Res. 73: A joint resolution providing for …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Boozman’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. 815: Access Technology Affordability Act of …; S. 902: VA Hiring Enhancement Act; S. 1381: A bill to modify the …; S. 2073: A bill to address fees …; S. 2096: A bill to amend title …; S. 4086: Forgotten Vietnam Veterans Act of …; S. 4613: Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act; S.Con.Res. 42: A concurrent resolution expressing the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Boozman’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Boozman caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

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 (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all 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.