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Sen. John Thune’s 2013 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Thune’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Thune’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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th highest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 40% of Thune’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Thune’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. 447: Black Hills Cemetery Act; S. 489: Low Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization ...; S. 661: A bill to amend the ...; S. 720: Buffett Rule Act of 2013; S. 762: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1183: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; S. 1351: INFORM Act; S. 1505: Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 145 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thune introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 447: Black Hills Cemetery Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Ranked 18th most conservative 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 720: Buffett Rule Act of 2013; S. 1183: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; S. 1724: Union Tax Fairness Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thune supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Thune 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thune missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Thune’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 138 bills that Thune cosponsored, 38% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Thune introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thune cosponsored 138 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Thune introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Thune held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Thune’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); All Senators (59th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (55th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.