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Sen. Jon Tester’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Montana
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Tester’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-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 Tester’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.

 

Government Transparency

the most supportive among All Senators

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

Sponsored: S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 549: Public Online Information Act of ...

Cosponsored: S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs the most supportive out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Democrats the most supportive out of 53 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years the most supportive out of 54 0
8 points View All
All Senators the most supportive out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th highest % of bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 49% of Tester’s 59 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th highest % of bills out of 35 8
57% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th highest % of bills out of 49 8
61% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th highest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 13th highest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th most bipartisan among Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 269 bills that Tester cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 20th most bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 26th most bipartisan out of 53 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th most bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 45th most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

10th most conservative among Senate Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Tester’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 20th most liberal out of 41
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Senate Democrats 10th most conservative out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 26th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 45th most liberal out of 100
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Bills Cosponsored

10th most bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

Tester cosponsored 269 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
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Democrats 19th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 95
449 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 51
375 bills View All
All Senators 30th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

10th most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Tester introduced 12 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 37: Forest Jobs and Recreation Act ...; S. 161: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa ...; S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 534: National Association of Registered Agents ...; S. 1276: Security Clearance Oversight and Reform ...; S. 1341: Cabin Fee Act of 2013; S. 1691: Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform ...; S. 1744: Security Clearance Accountability, Reform, and ...; S. 1804: Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act ...; S. 1948: Native Language Immersion Student Achievement ...; S. 2061: Preventing Conflicts of Interest with ...; S. 2188: A bill to amend the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 6th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Democrats 9th most bills out of 53 0
30 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

11th most cosponsors among All Senators

Tester’s bills and resolutions had 432 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th most cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 11th most cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most cosponsors out of 54 9
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 11th most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Laws Enacted

11th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 8 others

Tester introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 1691: Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Democrats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 16) out of 54 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

 

Leadership Score

16th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Tester’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th best score out of 41
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Senate Democrats 15th best score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 12th best score out of 54
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All Senators 16th best score out of 100
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Bills Introduced

18th most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Tester introduced 59 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 10th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Democrats 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 7
107 bills View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Working with the House

25th most bills among All Senators; tied with 5 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Tester’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. 161: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa ...; S. 240: Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction ...; S. 294: Ruth Moore Act of 2013; S. 346: A bill to amend title ...; S. 470: A bill to amend title ...; S. 602: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient ...; S. 628: Servicemember Mental Health Review Act; S. 634: Service Members Student Loan Relief ...; S. 1155: Rural Veterans Mental Health Care ...; S. 1948: Native Language Immersion Student Achievement ...; S. 2805: A bill to designate the ...; S.J.Res. 18: A joint resolution proposing an ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Democrats 19th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 25th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

28th most voting among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Tester missed 1.1% of votes (7 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Tester’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 16th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
17% missed votes View All
All Senators 28th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

34th most bills among All Senators; tied with 8 others

5 of Tester’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. 226: Parental Bereavement Act of 2013; S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 534: National Association of Registered Agents ...; S. 1276: Security Clearance Oversight and Reform ...; S. 1341: Cabin Fee Act of 2013

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 16th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Democrats 24th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 34th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Tester held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, 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 Tester’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 5th highest score (tied w/ 15) out of 53 0
16 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 26) out of 100 0
16 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 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.