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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Georgia
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Isakson’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Isakson’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the highest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 58% of Isakson’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (97th percentile); Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Isakson cosponsored 169 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Held the 7th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Isakson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Isakson’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

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

Isakson’s bills and resolutions had 74 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Isakson introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

1 of Isakson’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1166: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Isakson introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 559: Justice for Former American Hostages ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Isakson’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. 672: Medicare Safe Needle Disposal Coverage ...; S. 1145: Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).

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


 

Was 13th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Isakson missed 4.8% of votes (14 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Isakson’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th 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 169 bills that Isakson cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 21st 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Isakson introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Isakson supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Isakson 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Isakson cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.