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Sen. John Thune’s 2018 Report Card

Assistant Senate Majority Leader
Senior Senator from South Dakota
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Thune’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Thune was busy being Assistant Senate Majority Leader, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Thune introduced 11 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 19: MOBILE NOW Act; S. 35: Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary ...; S. 570: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation ...; S. 808: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity 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. 2844: STB Information Security Improvement Act; S. 3143: National Quantum Initiative Act; S. 3367: Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (94th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators

14 of Thune’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 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. 3030: Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity ...; S. 3143: National Quantum Initiative Act; S. 3581: Digital Goods and Services Tax ...; S.Res. 137: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Thune cosponsored 153 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 (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Thune introduced 60 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Thune introduced 23 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 808: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act ...; 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. 2297: Custer County Airport Conveyance Act; S. 2844: STB Information Security Improvement Act; S. 2848: Fighting Opioid Abuse in Transportation ...; S. 2941: Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program ...; S. 3143: National Quantum Initiative Act; S. 3367: Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization ...; S. 3641: FAIR FISH Act; S.Res. 137: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 492: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Con.Res. 51: A concurrent resolution to correct ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Held the 11th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 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 (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Ranked 20th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 33 of Thune’s 60 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Thune caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 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. 1343: Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout ...; S. 1549: NEW GIG Act of 2017; S. 1913: American Prairie Conservation Act; S. 2297: Custer County Airport Conveyance Act; S. 2410: Chronic Disease Management Act of ...; S. 2941: Strengthening the Cooperative Observer Program ...; S. 3030: Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity ...; S. 3581: Digital Goods and Services Tax ...; S.Res. 137: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 492: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (66th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 153 bills that Thune cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Thune’s bills and resolutions had 275 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Thune’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Thune missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Thune’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Thune supported any of 14 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).


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 115th Congress) 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.