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Sen. John Hoeven’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Hoeven’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.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 16th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hoeven introduced 13 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 209: PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act; S. 210: Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization ...; S. 211: SURVIVE Act; S. 212: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act ...; S. 1148: ATC Hiring Reform Act of ...; S. 1211: Addressing Underdeveloped and Tribally Operated ...; S. 1245: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation ...; S. 2159: A bill to repeal the ...; S. 2522: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...; S.Res. 17: A resolution congratulating the North ...; S.Res. 381: A resolution designating October 26, ...; S.Res. 399: A resolution designating November 2, ...; S.Res. 414: A resolution recognizing National Native ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Ranked the 25th bottom/follower compared to All Senators

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 Hoeven’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hoeven introduced 2 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. 1148: ATC Hiring Reform Act of ...; S. 2522: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 27 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (47th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Hoeven’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. 146: Move America Act of 2019; S. 209: PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act; S. 211: SURVIVE Act; S. 1245: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 209: PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act; S. 211: SURVIVE Act; S. 212: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act ...; S. 600: Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act; S. 1136: Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act ...; S. 1245: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation ...; S. 1326: Chronic Wasting Disease Research Act; S. 2159: A bill to repeal the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (45th 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. 15 of Hoeven’s 27 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hoeven caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

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 (74th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Hoeven cosponsored 159 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 (51st percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 159 bills that Hoeven cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); All Senators (61st 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 151 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 Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (30th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hoeven’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hoeven missed 0.7% of votes (3 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Hoeven’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (30th 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.