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Sen. John Hoeven’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Hoeven’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Hoeven’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 the 8th bottom/follower compared to Senate Republicans

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hoeven’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Hoeven’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. 1229: Move America Act of 2017; S. 1611: Veterans Access to Long Term ...; S. 1870: Securing Urgent Resources Vital to ...; S. 3295: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 18th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Hoeven cosponsored 177 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 (34th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 24th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hoeven introduced 17 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 245: Indian Tribal Energy Development and ...; S. 440: A bill to establish a ...; S. 1116: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act ...; S. 1603: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; S. 1870: Securing Urgent Resources Vital to ...; S. 1953: Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization ...; S. 2074: A bill to establish a ...; S. 2515: Practical Reforms and Other Goals ...; S. 2804: Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity, and ...; S. 2976: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; S.Res. 307: A resolution designating October 26, ...; S.Res. 315: A resolution designating November 4, ...; S.Res. 316: A resolution recognizing National Native ...; S.Res. 372: A resolution congratulating the North ...; S.Res. 698: A resolution designating November 3, ...; S.Res. 702: A resolution recognizing National Native ...; S.Res. 722: A resolution designating October 26, ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 25th least oftenn compared to All Senators (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Hoeven supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hoeven 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hoeven cosponsored S. 3027: Modernizing Congressional Reporting Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hoeven introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 245: Indian Tribal Energy Development and ...; S. 440: A bill to establish a ...; S. 1603: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; S. 2074: A bill to establish a ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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

Hoeven introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Hoeven’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1229: Move America Act of 2017; S. 1870: Securing Urgent Resources Vital to ...; S. 2515: Practical Reforms and Other Goals ...; S. 2804: Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity, and ...; S. 3051: Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act; S. 3295: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation ...; S. 3755: Background Investigation Authorization Demonstration Act; S.Res. 702: A resolution recognizing National Native ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Hoeven’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hoeven caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hoeven 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 Hoeven’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 177 bills that Hoeven cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Hoeven’s bills and resolutions had 168 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (38th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hoeven’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hoeven missed 1.2% of votes (7 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Hoeven’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (56th 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 115th Congress) 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.