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Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Alexander’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators 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 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 6th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); Senate Republicans (10th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Alexander missed 4.5% of votes (27 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Alexander’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Alexander cosponsored 123 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 (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Wrote the 8th most laws compared to All Senators

Alexander introduced 9 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: S. 934: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; S. 973: Tennessee Wilderness Act; S. 1609: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 1866: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria ...; S. 2434: Animal Drug and Animal Generic ...; S. 2975: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 3029: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018; S. 3217: Strengthening Career and Technical Education ...; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (86th percentile); All Senators (92nd 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.


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Alexander’s bills and resolutions had 205 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 Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Alexander introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 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. 761: Health Care Options Act of ...; S. 2406: ACE Research Act; S. 2509: National Park Restoration Act; S. 3029: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018; S. 3611: Faster Access to Federal Student ...; S.Res. 404: A resolution recognizing the coordinated ...; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (34th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

4 of Alexander’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.

Those bills were: S. 934: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; S. 2406: ACE Research Act; S. 2680: Opioid Crisis Response Act of ...; S. 3029: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Alexander introduced 21 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 99: James K. Polk Presidential Home ...; S. 934: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017; S. 973: Tennessee Wilderness Act; S. 1609: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 1866: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria ...; S. 2434: Animal Drug and Animal Generic ...; S. 2680: Opioid Crisis Response Act of ...; S. 2975: Energy and Water Development and ...; S. 3029: PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018; S. 3217: Strengthening Career and Technical Education ...; S. 3611: Faster Access to Federal Student ...; S.Res. 148: A resolution congratulating the students, ...; S.Res. 191: A resolution designating June 20, ...; S.Res. 314: A resolution designating October 30, ...; S.Res. 352: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 404: A resolution recognizing the coordinated ...; S.Res. 514: A resolution congratulating the students, ...; S.Res. 553: A resolution designating June 20, ...; S.Res. 644: A resolution recognizing the significant ...; S.Res. 682: A resolution designating October 30, ...; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Alexander’s 31 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Alexander caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

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 (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 123 bills that Alexander cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 Alexander’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Alexander supported any of 14 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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 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.