Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Graham’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 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.

 

Missed Votes

2nd most absent among All Senators

Graham missed 28.3% of votes (96 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Graham’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years the most absent out of 54 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 2nd most absent out of 100 0
35% missed votes View All
 

Bills Introduced

5th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Graham introduced 11 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 6
125 bills View All
Senate Republicans 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 4
125 bills View All
All Senators 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 4
125 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

6th most liberal among 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 Graham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most conservative out of 54
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Senate Republicans 6th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 49th most conservative out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

8th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 112 bills that Graham cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 21st most bipartisan out of 53 10
51% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 8th most bipartisan out of 54 10
51% of bills View All
All Senators 36th most bipartisan out of 98 10
61% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

9th fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years

Graham’s bills and resolutions had 85 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years 9th fewest cosponsors out of 54 10
579 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 15th fewest cosponsors out of 54 10
579 cosponsors View All
All Senators 27th fewest cosponsors out of 100 10
579 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

15th fewest bills among All Senators

Graham cosponsored 112 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 9th fewest bills out of 54 49
301 bills View All
Senate Republicans 13th fewest bills out of 54 49
284 bills View All
All Senators 15th fewest bills out of 100 49
301 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

10th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 10 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Graham introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1725: Department of State, Foreign Operations, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
Senate Republicans 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 100 0
25 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

15th lowest score among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 15th lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 22nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 41st highest score (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

16th lowest % of bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Graham tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 27% of Graham’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Republicans 16th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
71% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 50 0
71% of bills View All
All Senators 38th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 87 0
71% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

19th worst score among Senate Republicans

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 Graham’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 24th worst score out of 54
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Senate Republicans 19th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 48th worst score out of 100
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Powerful Cosponsors

26th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 22 others

2 of Graham’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. 1553: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; S. 2022: A bill to amend title ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 54 0
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 54 0
12 bills View All
All Senators 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 22) out of 100 0
12 bills View All
 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 1147: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2022: A bill to amend title ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 1
30 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 54 1
30 bills View All
All Senators 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

Graham introduced 1 bill 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. 1147: A bill to designate the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills (tied w/ 14) out of 54 0
3 laws View All
Senate Republicans 10th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 54 0
2 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 100 0
3 laws View All

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.

 

Government Transparency

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 15 others out of 54 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 33 others out of 54 0
7 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 33 others out of 100 0
11 points View All

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.

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.