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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 9th District
Democrat
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These year-end statistics cover Sinema’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives 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 Sinema’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 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Sinema’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 1720: Child and Dependent Care FSA ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (35th percentile); House Sophomores (26th percentile); House Democrats (30th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

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


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Sinema’s bills and resolutions had 56 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 »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (38th percentile); House Sophomores (15th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd bottom/follower compared to Arizona Delegation

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 Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (36th percentile); House Sophomores (22nd percentile); House Democrats (33rd percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

1 of Sinema’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: H.R. 421: Classified Veterans Access to Care ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (31st percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Democrats (21st percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least oftenn compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Sinema supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sinema 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sinema cosponsored H.R. 1381: Transparency in Government Act of ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (33rd percentile); House Democrats (9th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most conservative compared to House 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); Competitive House Seats (25th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (44th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

Sinema introduced 10 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (55th percentile); House Sophomores (41st percentile); House Democrats (44th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Arizona Delegation (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sinema introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 3032: Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (56th percentile); House Sophomores (49th percentile); House Democrats (66th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 235 bills that Sinema cosponsored, 59% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); Competitive House Seats (95th percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

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


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats

Sinema missed 4.4% of votes (31 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (91st percentile); House Sophomores (81st percentile); All Representatives (79th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Competitive House Seats

Sinema cosponsored 235 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 Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sinema introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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 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.