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Sen. John Thune’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Thune’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the most bills among All Senators

19 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 304: Conscience Protection Act of 2016; 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: REPAIR 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 ...; S. 2555: MOBILE NOW Act; S. 2644: FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016; S. 2650: United States Appreciation for Olympians ...; S. 2658: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2750: Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout ...; S. 3304: No Veterans Crisis Line Call ...; S. 3379: Surface Transportation and Maritime Security ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the most bills out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans the most bills out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators the most bills out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

5th most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 28 of Thune’s 62 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 4th most bills out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

6th most bills among All Senators

Thune introduced 8 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 808: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1461: A bill to provide for ...; S. 2044: Consumer Review Freedom Act of ...; S. 2151: Family Health Care Accessibility Act ...; S. 2361: Airport Security Enhancement and Oversight ...; S. 2650: United States Appreciation for Olympians ...; S. 3304: No Veterans Crisis Line Call ...; S. 3395: Prescribed Burn Approval Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 4th most bills out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans 5th most bills out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 6th most bills out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Bills Introduced

7th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Thune introduced 62 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 17th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

8th most cosponsors among Senate Republicans

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 446 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 14th most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 8th most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 16th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Ideology Score

9th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 9th most conservative out of 47
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Senate Republicans 20th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 20th most conservative out of 100
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Leadership Score

10th best score among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 10th best score out of 47
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Senate Republicans 7th best score out of 54
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All Senators 10th best score out of 100
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Bills Cosponsored

11th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years

Thune cosponsored 202 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 11th fewest bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd fewest bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 27th fewest bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

13th most voting among Serving 10+ Years

Thune missed 0.8% of votes (4 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Thune’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 13th most voting out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 28th most voting (tied w/ 6) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Committee Positions

12th lowest score among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 5 others

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. 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 Thune’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 12th lowest score (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 16th highest score (tied w/ 5) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 35th highest score (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Working with the House

16th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 5 others

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. 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 ...; S. 2650: United States Appreciation for Olympians ...; S. 3181: S Corporation Modernization Act of ...; S. 3254: Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 42nd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

21st least bipartisan among All Senators

Of the 202 bills that Thune cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 10th least bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st least bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 21st least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thune supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 12 others out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 27 others out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 27 others out of 100 0
11 points View All

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.

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 114th Congress) 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.