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Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 2013 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Graham’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Graham’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.

 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Graham missed 8.2% of votes (24 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Graham’s Profile »

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


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Graham’s bills and resolutions had 176 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Republicans (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Graham introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Graham cosponsored 95 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 Republicans (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 13th 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 95 bills that Graham cosponsored, 47% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Held the 13th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Graham held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 subcommittees, 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 Graham’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 14th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Graham introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 65: A resolution strongly supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Graham introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Graham’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 1670: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; S.Res. 65: A resolution strongly supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Graham’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. 13: Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Graham supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Graham 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Graham cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.