Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

4th most bills among All Senators

Gillibrand cosponsored 280 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 Democrats 3rd most bills out of 44 94
301 bills View All
All Senators 4th most bills out of 100 49
301 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th least bipartisan among Senate Democrats; tied with 1 other

Of the 280 bills that Gillibrand cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Democrats 8th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 44 20
61% of bills View All
All Senators 47th most bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 98 10
61% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

10th best score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Democrats 10th best score out of 44
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All Senators 34th best score out of 100
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Ideology Score

11th most liberal among 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Democrats 10th most liberal out of 44
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All Senators 11th most liberal out of 100
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Cosponsors

11th most cosponsors among Senate Democrats

Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions had 222 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Democrats 11th most cosponsors out of 44 39
485 cosponsors View All
All Senators 27th most cosponsors out of 100 10
579 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

13th most supportive among All Senators; tied with 7 others

GovTrack looked at whether Gillibrand supported any of 19 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Gillibrand 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1176: EMPOWER Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Democrats 8th most supportive (tied w/ 5) out of 44 1
11 points View All
All Senators 13th most supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

19th highest % of bills among Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31% of Gillibrand’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Democrats 19th highest % of bills out of 44 6
64% of bills View All
All Senators 41st highest % of bills out of 87 0
71% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the House

19th most bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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. 613: Summer Meals Act of 2015; S. 681: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans ...; S. 786: Family and Medical Insurance Leave ...; S. 928: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and ...; S. 968: Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of ...; S. 1075: FIT Kids Act; S. 1183: STEM Gateways Act; S. 1184: Computer Science Career Education Act ...; S. 1424: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; S. 1665: Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and ...; S. 2088: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2324: Flood Insurance Transparency and Accountability ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 44 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 19th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

18th most voting among All Senators; tied with 7 others

Gillibrand missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Gillibrand’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators 18th most voting (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
35% missed votes View All
 

Bills Introduced

21st fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 3 others

Gillibrand introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 44 11
63 bills View All
All Senators 46th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 4
125 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

26th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 22 others

2 of Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 928: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and ...; S. 1382: Every Child Deserves a Family ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 44 0
10 bills View All
All Senators 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 100 0
12 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gillibrand introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 44 0
12 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
25 bills View All
 

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. 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 Gillibrand’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 9th lowest score (tied w/ 15) out of 44 0
12 points View All
All Senators 22nd lowest score (tied w/ 34) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Gillibrand introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 1424: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; S. 2088: A bill to designate the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 44 0
3 laws View All
All Senators 2nd most bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
3 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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.