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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Isakson’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Committee Positions

3rd highest score among All Senators

Isakson held a leadership position on 2 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 2nd highest score out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 2nd highest score out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 3rd highest score out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

6th most bills among Senate Republicans

Isakson cosponsored 282 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 17th most bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 6th most bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 37th most bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

9th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Isakson introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1493: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act ...; S. 1767: Combination Product Regulatory Fairness Act ...; S. 2082: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring ...; S. 2351: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing ...; S. 2396: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3032: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Ideology Score

11th most conservative among 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 11th most conservative out of 47
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Senate Republicans 24th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 24th most conservative out of 100
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Working with the House

15th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 275: Medicare Home Infusion Site of ...; S. 849: Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases ...; S. 1317: Lifetime Income Disclosure Act; S. 1347: Electronic Health Fairness Act of ...; S. 2024: Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary ...; S. 2351: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing ...; S. 2396: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3392: Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 15th fewest bills out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

15th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Isakson missed 1.2% of votes (6 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Isakson’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 15th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 38th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

16th most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Isakson’s 45 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 11th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

20th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 2 others

Isakson introduced 45 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 20th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 39th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

20th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

8 of Isakson’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 150: Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act; S. 801: Representation Fairness Restoration Act; S. 849: Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases ...; S. 1493: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act ...; S. 2502: Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act; S. 2921: Veterans First Act; S. 3032: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act ...; S.J.Res. 33: A joint resolution providing for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 13th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 20th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

24th best score among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Isakson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 17th best score out of 47
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Senate Republicans 16th best score out of 54
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All Senators 24th best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

30th most cosponsors among All Senators

Isakson’s bills and resolutions had 310 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 18th most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 17th most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 30th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

27th most bills among All Senators; tied with 7 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Isakson introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 849: Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases ...; S. 1347: Electronic Health Fairness Act of ...; S. 1493: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act ...; S. 1696: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park ...; S. 1767: Combination Product Regulatory Fairness Act ...; S. 1930: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park ...; S. 2921: Veterans First Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 27th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

32nd least bipartisan among All Senators

Of the 282 bills that Isakson cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 16th least bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 24th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 32nd least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

29th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 15 others

GovTrack looked at whether Isakson supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years 14th least supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans 16th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th least supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 points View All

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.