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Sen. John Walsh’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Montana
Democrat
Served Feb 11, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Walsh’s record during the 113th Congress (Feb 11, 2014-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 Walsh’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 the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Walsh’s bills and resolutions had 53 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 Freshmen (12th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 Walsh’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Walsh tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12% of Walsh’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

1 of Walsh’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. 2442: Northern Cheyenne Lands Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to All Senators

Walsh missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 340 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Walsh’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (12th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Walsh cosponsored 130 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 Freshmen (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (6th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Walsh’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. 2182: Suicide Prevention for American Veterans ...; S. 2387: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2458: American Indian Teacher Loan Forgiveness ...; S. 2569: Bring Jobs Home Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

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

Those bills were: S. 2442: Northern Cheyenne Lands Act; S. 2569: Bring Jobs Home Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Walsh introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Walsh introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 130 bills that Walsh cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Walsh held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Walsh’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Walsh supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Walsh 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Walsh cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (35th 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.