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Sen. John “Jack” Reed’s 2018 Report Card

Senior Senator from Rhode Island
Democrat
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Reed’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 Reed’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 313 bills that Reed cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Reed introduced 5 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. 292: Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, ...; S. 2271: Museum and Library Services Act ...; S. 2376: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3414: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3530: Museum and Library Services Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (66th 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 8th most liberal 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Reed’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Reed’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. 82: Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate ...; S. 292: Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, ...; S. 1651: Layoff Prevention Act of 2017; S. 1694: Educator Preparation Reform Act; S. 2275: Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act ...; S. 3530: Museum and Library Services Act ...; S. 3533: Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Reed introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Reed’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. 292: Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, ...; S. 1389: Military Consumer Enforcement Act; S. 1828: Weekend Voting Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Reed introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 292: Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, ...; S. 2271: Museum and Library Services Act ...; S. 2376: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3414: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3530: Museum and Library Services Act ...; S.Res. 145: A resolution designating April 2017 ...; S.Res. 182: A resolution designating May 2017 ...; S.Res. 233: A resolution designating August 16, ...; S.Res. 490: A resolution designating April 2018 ...; S.Res. 723: A resolution congratulating the American ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Reed’s 33 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Reed caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Reed held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Reed’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Reed cosponsored 313 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 (52nd percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Reed’s bills and resolutions had 264 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 Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Reed missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Reed’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Reed supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Reed 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Reed cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (54th 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 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.