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Sen. John Thune’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 5th most often compared to All Senators

11 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 19: MOBILE NOW Act; S. 540: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; S. 763: Surface and Maritime Transportation Security ...; S. 1343: Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout ...; S. 1405: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1426: United States Center for Safe ...; S. 1532: No Human Trafficking on Our ...; S. 1872: TSA Modernization Act; S. 2200: National Integrated Drought Information System ...; S. 2202: National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization ...; S.Res. 137: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thune introduced 13 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 19: MOBILE NOW Act; S. 35: Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary ...; S. 304: Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement ...; S. 570: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation ...; S. 763: Surface and Maritime Transportation Security ...; S. 1405: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1426: United States Center for Safe ...; S. 1532: No Human Trafficking on Our ...; S. 1872: TSA Modernization Act; S. 1885: AV START Act; S. 2200: National Integrated Drought Information System ...; S. 2202: National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization ...; S.Res. 137: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most conservative compared to 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Thune introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 222 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 90 bills that Thune cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Thune’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Held the 9th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 13th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Thune cosponsored 90 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 (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (86th 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 540: Mobile Workforce State Income Tax ...; S. 570: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation ...; S. 711: S Corporation Modernization Act of ...; S. 808: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act ...; S. 1343: Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout ...; S. 1549: NEW GIG Act of 2017; S. 1913: American Prairie Conservation Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Thune missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Thune’s Profile »

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


 

Laws Enacted

Thune introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 570: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


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 2017) 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.