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Sen. Joshua “Josh” Hawley’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Missouri
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Hawley’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 Hawley’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.

 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Hawley introduced 52 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Hawley missed 0.7% of votes (5 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Hawley’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (10th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd least often compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 3 others)

1 of Hawley’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 998: Supporting and Treating Officers In …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Held the 5th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Hawley held a leadership position on 0 committees 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 Hawley’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 9 of Hawley’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hawley caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (10th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hawley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got the 15th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hawley’s bills and resolutions had 161 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Hawley cosponsored 205 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 (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (27th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hawley introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 998: Supporting and Treating Officers In …; S. 1521: A bill to amend section …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (14th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hawley introduced 8 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 998: Supporting and Treating Officers In …; S. 1031: Duck Boat Safety Enhancement Act …; S. 1521: A bill to amend section …; S. 3455: No TikTok on Government Devices …; S. 4158: PPE Supply Chain Transparency Act …; S.Res. 266: A resolution congratulating the St. …; S.Res. 596: A resolution expressing the sense …; S.Res. 631: A resolution honoring the life …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 of Hawley’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. 1521: A bill to amend section …; S. 2728: Homeland Security Counterintelligence Threat Reduction …; S. 2758: Hong Kong Be Water Act; S. 3343: Medical Supply Chain Security Act; S. 3455: No TikTok on Government Devices …; S. 3589: Use Your Endowment Act; S. 3936: Taiwan Defense Act; S. 3983: Limiting Section 230 Immunity to …; S. 4241: Slave-Free Business Certification Act of …; S. 4301: U.S. Military Right to Carry …; S. 4893: Protect Election Integrity Act of …; S.Res. 176: A resolution condemning the terrorist …; S.Res. 596: A resolution expressing the sense …; S.J.Res. 71: A joint resolution withdrawing approval …

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 205 bills that Hawley cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (27th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hawley’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.