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Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Tennessee
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Alexander’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him 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 Alexander’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 the 9th top leader compared to All Senators

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 Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Alexander cosponsored 99 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Alexander introduced 7 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 192: Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act ...; S. 227: Strengthening Education through Research Act; S. 1124: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 1177: Every Student Succeeds Act; S. 1483: James K. Polk Presidential Home ...; S. 1893: Mental Health Awareness and Improvement ...; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked 12th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Alexander’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. 288: National Labor Relations Board Reform ...; S. 620: Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act; S. 1048: A bill to remove the ...; S. 1124: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 2015: Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 99 bills that Alexander cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd 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 the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Alexander’s bills and resolutions had 250 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 Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Alexander 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. 1124: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 1177: Every Student Succeeds Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Alexander introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Alexander’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. 192: Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act ...; S. 227: Strengthening Education through Research Act; S. 854: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of ...; S. 1398: Energy Title of America COMPETES ...; S. 1893: Mental Health Awareness and Improvement ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Alexander tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 29% of Alexander’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Alexander held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Alexander’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Alexander missed 2.9% of votes (10 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Alexander’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Alexander supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Alexander 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (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.