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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.

 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th 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.


 

Ranked 11th most conservative compared to 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th most bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th most often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Isakson introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

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 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Isakson supported any of 22 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. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th 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 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.