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Sen. John Kennedy’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Louisiana
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Kennedy’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Kennedy’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.

 

Ranked most conservative compared to Senate Freshmen

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Kennedy introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 2765: RBIC Advisers Relief Act of ...; S. 2896: Justice Against Corruption on K ...; S. 3554: A bill to extend the ...; S. 3628: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Kennedy’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. 3458: A bill to amend title ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).

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


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Kennedy missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (10th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Kennedy cosponsored 209 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 Freshmen (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd least often compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Kennedy supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Kennedy 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Kennedy cosponsored S. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Kennedy’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kennedy caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kennedy introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2765: RBIC Advisers Relief Act of ...; S. 2896: Justice Against Corruption on K ...; S. 3554: A bill to extend the ...; S. 3628: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S.Res. 356: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th bottom/follower compared to Senate Republicans

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Kennedy’s bills and resolutions had 98 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (10th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 21st fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Kennedy introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 25th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 15 others)

4 of Kennedy’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 2448: American Innovation and Manufacturing Act ...; S. 2635: Ending the Fentanyl Crisis Act ...; S. 2896: Justice Against Corruption on K ...; S.Res. 572: A resolution supporting the officers ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Kennedy held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 209 bills that Kennedy cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.