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Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Alexander’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 5th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Alexander introduced 17 bills in the 114th Congress 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. 1943: Shiloh National Military Park Boundary ...; S. 2511: Improving Health Information Technology Act; S. 2680: Mental Health Reform Act of ...; S. 2686: Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act; S. 2700: FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities ...; S. 2713: Advancing Precision Medicine Act of ...; S. 2742: Promoting Biomedical Research and Public ...; S. 2804: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 3326: State Flexibility to Provide Affordable ...; S. 3464: Overtime Reform and Review Act; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Alexander’s bills and resolutions had 470 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Alexander cosponsored 150 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 (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

11 of Alexander’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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 ...; S. 2511: Improving Health Information Technology Act; S. 2680: Mental Health Reform Act of ...; S. 2686: Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act; S. 2700: FDA and NIH Workforce Authorities ...; S. 2713: Advancing Precision Medicine Act of ...; S. 2742: Promoting Biomedical Research and Public ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Alexander introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 192: Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1124: WIOA Technical Amendments Act; S. 1177: Every Student Succeeds Act; S. 1893: Mental Health Awareness and Improvement ...; S. 2680: Mental Health Reform Act of ...; S. 2713: Advancing Precision Medicine Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th 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.


 

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 Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Alexander missed 2.8% of votes (14 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Alexander’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Alexander introduced 50 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Alexander supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Alexander 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Alexander cosponsored S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Alexander’s 50 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 2686: Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act; S.Res. 483: A resolution designating June 20, ...; S.Res. 502: A resolution designating June 20, ...; S.Res. 528: A resolution commending the Tennessee ...; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution providing for ...; S.J.Res. 34: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 150 bills that Alexander cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).

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


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 114th Congress) 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.