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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from New York
Democrat
Serving Jan 27, 2009 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Gillibrand’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Ranked 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to All Senators

GovTrack looked at whether Gillibrand supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Gillibrand 10 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gillibrand sponsored S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Gillibrand cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to Senate Democrats

Gillibrand introduced 8 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 55: Fort Ontario Study Act; S. 734: A bill to extend a ...; S. 1506: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...; S. 2300: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2549: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2550: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2692: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2751: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (88th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Gillibrand cosponsored 520 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 Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 520 bills that Gillibrand cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); Senate Democrats (6th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 22 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. 391: African Burial Ground International Memorial ...; S. 422: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans ...; S. 648: Computer Science Career Education Act ...; S. 675: Long Island Sound Restoration and ...; S. 684: National Adoption and Foster Care ...; S. 734: A bill to extend a ...; S. 892: Opioid Addiction Prevention Act of ...; S. 1197: Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of ...; S. 1437: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017; S. 1501: SHOP CLASS Act; S. 1506: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...; S. 1676: B-CROP Act; S. 1707: SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction ...; S. 1820: A bill to provide for ...; S. 2203: Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual ...; S. 2219: Stop Underrides Act of 2017; S. 2300: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2549: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2550: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2751: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3571: FDR Historic Preservation Act; S. 3591: Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Gillibrand missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Gillibrand’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to All Senators

Gillibrand introduced 62 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gillibrand introduced 12 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 55: Fort Ontario Study Act; S. 675: Long Island Sound Restoration and ...; S. 701: Made in America Manufacturing Communities ...; S. 734: A bill to extend a ...; S. 1506: Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act ...; S. 1602: Finger Lakes National Heritage Area ...; S. 2300: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2549: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2550: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2692: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2751: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2872: Congressional Accountability and Harassment Reform ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 422: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans ...; S. 1303: Every Child Deserves a Family ...; S. 1437: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017; S. 1820: A bill to provide for ...; S. 2219: Stop Underrides Act of 2017; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act; S. 2786: Main Street Employee Ownership Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Gillibrand’s 62 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gillibrand caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

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 Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Gillibrand’s bills and resolutions had 349 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (66th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gillibrand’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (52nd 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.