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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2013 Report Card

Junior Senator from New York
Democrat
Serving Jan 27, 2009 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Gillibrand’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Gillibrand’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 of Gillibrand’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. 123: Voter Empowerment Act of 2013; S. 233: A bill to designate the ...; S. 377: Never Forget 9/11 Heroes Act; S. 655: Urban Jobs Act of 2013; S. 658: Cyber Warrior Act of 2013; S. 723: Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of ...; S. 752: Cody Miller Initiative for Safer ...; S. 754: Shellfish Marketing Assistance Fairness Act; S. 775: Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act ...; S. 811: Halal and Kosher Food Act ...; S. 881: Family Act of 2013; S. 904: Strengthening The Resiliency of Our ...; S. 967: Military Justice Improvement Act of ...; S. 1069: Every Child Deserves a Family ...; S. 1080: Long Island Sound Restoration and ...; S. 1138: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 1139: Hudson River Valley Special Resource ...; S. 1140: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1178: Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act; S. 1384: American Parks American Products Act; S. 1389: A bill to direct the ...; S. 1408: Communities United with Religious leaders ...; S. 1810: Family and Medical Insurance Leave ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to All Senators

Of the 232 bills that Gillibrand cosponsored, 10% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st 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 3rd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Gillibrand tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13% of Gillibrand’s 45 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (5th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

Gillibrand cosponsored 232 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 Democrats (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most liberal 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Senators

Gillibrand introduced 45 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Gillibrand missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Gillibrand’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions had 197 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gillibrand introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Gillibrand held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Gillibrand’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (18th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gillibrand introduced 3 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 233: A bill to designate the ...; S. 668: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1752: Military Justice Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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.

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Gillibrand supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Gillibrand 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gillibrand cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (74th 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 2013) 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.