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Sen. John Thune’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Thune’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

8 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 489: Low Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization ...; S. 720: Buffett Rule Act of 2013; S. 1183: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; S. 1724: Union Tax Fairness Act of ...; S. 1788: Digital Trade Act of 2013; S. 2026: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2688: Union Transparency and Accountability Act; S. 2833: CASE Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thune introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 447: Black Hills Cemetery Act; S. 2086: Reliable Home Heating Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Ranked 17th 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 the 113th Congress 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 (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Thune missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Thune’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (17th 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 (28th percentile); All Senators (59th 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 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Thune cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Thune introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 447: Black Hills Cemetery Act; S. 2086: Reliable Home Heating Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Thune introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 241 bills that Thune cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (68th 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. 11 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 ...; S. 1724: Union Tax Fairness Act of ...; S. 2220: A bill to provide protections ...; S. 2783: Value Based Insurance Design for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thune cosponsored 241 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 (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Thune tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 39% of Thune’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 227 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 113th Congress) 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.