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Sen. John Thune’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 most often compared to All Senators

12 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 304: Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act; S. 431: Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act; S. 489: Low Value Shipment Regulatory Modernization ...; S. 751: CASE Act; S. 808: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 834: Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational ...; S. 851: Digital Goods and Services Tax ...; S. 1393: Real EPA Impact Reviews Act; S. 1429: Charitable Agricultural Research Act; S. 1611: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; S. 2044: Consumer Review Freedom Act of ...; S. 2361: Airport Security Enhancement and Oversight ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thune introduced 14 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 304: Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act; S. 808: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 834: Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational ...; S. 1298: Port Performance Act; S. 1331: Seasonal Forecasting Improvement Act; S. 1461: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1551: Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight ...; S. 1573: Weather Alerts for a Ready ...; S. 1611: Coast Guard Authorization Act of ...; S. 1732: Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection ...; S. 1916: Rural Health Care Connectivity Act ...; S. 2044: Consumer Review Freedom Act of ...; S. 2319: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2361: Airport Security Enhancement and Oversight ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Of the 137 bills that Thune cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Thune introduced 42 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th highest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 43% of Thune’s 42 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got the 22nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 257 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (78th 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 Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Thune cosponsored 137 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 (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

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. 38: Helping Individuals Regain Employment Act; S. 386: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; S. 584: Better Efficiency and Administrative Simplification ...; S. 655: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 860: Death Tax Repeal Act of ...; S. 1429: Charitable Agricultural Research Act; S. 1461: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1916: Rural Health Care Connectivity Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Thune introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 808: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1461: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thune supported any of 19 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thune missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Thune’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.