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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Isakson’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

1 of Isakson’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1166: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 277 bills that Isakson cosponsored, 45% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 7th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Isakson’s bills and resolutions had 90 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Isakson cosponsored 277 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 (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th highest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 43% of Isakson’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Held the 6th 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 (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Isakson introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress 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 (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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; S. 2431: West Hunter Street Baptist Church ...; S. 2546: Auto Enroll Repeal Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Isakson introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

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 (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Isakson missed 4.0% of votes (26 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Isakson’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Isakson introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. 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).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (70th 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 113th Congress) 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.