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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Arizona
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Sinema’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Ranked most politically right compared to Senate 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Freshmen

Sinema introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 504: Let Everyone Get Involved in ...; S. 1467: Sergeant Daniel Somers Network of ...; S. 1749: Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans ...; S. 2558: Nursing Home Care for Native ...; S. 2570: Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal ...; S. 2864: Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (76th 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 Senate Freshmen

Sinema cosponsored 492 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 Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Sinema’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Sinema caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (78th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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

2 of Sinema’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 1420: SMART Act of 2019; S. 4308: Special Districts Provide Essential Services ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 492 bills that Sinema cosponsored, 58% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (97th 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 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Sinema’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. 2558: Nursing Home Care for Native ...; S. 2862: Drought Relief through Innovative Projects ...; S. 2880: Protecting Social Workers and Health ...; S. 3408: Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act; S. 3919: Military Suicide Prevention in the ...; S. 4341: CREATE Act of 2020; S. 4475: La Paz County Solar Energy ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Sinema introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Sinema’s bills and resolutions had 195 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th bottom/follower compared to 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Sinema’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Held the 10th fewest committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 9 others)

Sinema held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Was 16th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Sinema missed 8.3% of votes (60 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Sinema’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Sinema introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 504: Let Everyone Get Involved in ...; S. 1420: SMART Act of 2019; S. 1467: Sergeant Daniel Somers Network of ...; S. 1749: Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans ...; S. 2558: Nursing Home Care for Native ...; S. 2570: Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal ...; S. 2668: Solar Energy Research and Development ...; S. 2864: Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network ...; S. 4224: Southwest Border Security Technology Improvement ...; S.Res. 513: A resolution designating February 2020 ...; S.Res. 569: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.