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Sen. John Kennedy’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Kennedy’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Kennedy cosponsored 215 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Senate Sophomores

Kennedy introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 862: Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters ...; S. 945: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; S. 1693: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 2524: Financial Services and General Government ...; S. 4403: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (69th 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 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 588: Income Verification Act; S. 640: Phair Pricing Act of 2019; S. 939: CONFUCIUS Act; S. 945: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; S. 1273: CASE Act of 2019; S. 1520: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 1782: Improving Mental Health Access for ...; S. 2401: Jurists United to Stop Trafficking ...; S. 3226: Pregnant Women Health and Safety ...; S. 4756: Don’t Push My Buttons Act; S. 4888: Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Kennedy’s 67 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kennedy caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Held the 5th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Kennedy held a leadership position on 0 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 Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Kennedy introduced 67 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th most politically right 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 25th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Kennedy’s bills and resolutions had 202 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kennedy introduced 8 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 862: Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters ...; S. 939: CONFUCIUS Act; S. 945: Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act; S. 1273: CASE Act of 2019; S. 1693: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 1782: Improving Mental Health Access for ...; S. 2524: Financial Services and General Government ...; S. 4403: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Kennedy’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 862: Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters ...; S. 1273: CASE Act of 2019; S. 2754: American Innovation and Manufacturing Act ...; S. 3196: Bear Protection Act of 2020; S. 3246: SMART Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 215 bills that Kennedy cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kennedy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Kennedy missed 2.2% of votes (16 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Kennedy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.