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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Sinema’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives 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 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 influential cosponsors the least often compared to Arizona Delegation

0 of Sinema’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.

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


 

Ranked 2nd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (59th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd 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 461 bills that Sinema cosponsored, 62% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (98th 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.


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Sinema supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Sinema 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sinema cosponsored H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act; H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...; H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 26th most bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Sinema’s 15 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sinema caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 23rd most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sinema introduced 4 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 1645: Fostering Innovation Act of 2017; H.R. 2864: Improving Access to Capital Act; H.R. 3100: To require the President to ...; H.R. 3758: Senior Safe Act of 2017

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Was 33rd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Sinema missed 10.1% of votes (122 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); All Representatives (92nd 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.


 

Got the 40th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Sinema’s bills and resolutions had 118 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 Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (20th percentile); All Representatives (26th percentile).


 

Ranked the 46th bottom/follower compared to House 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (22nd percentile); House Democrats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 75th most bills compared to All Representatives

Sinema cosponsored 461 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 (67th percentile); House Democrats (64th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Sinema introduced 2 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: H.R. 3100: To require the President to ...; H.R. 3758: Senior Safe Act of 2017

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Democrats (76th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 Introduced

Sinema introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Democrats (35th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 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.

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

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


 

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); 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 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.