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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Florida
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Rubio’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Rubio’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.

 

Working with the House

2nd most bills among Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 of Rubio’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. 297: Educational Opportunities Act; S. 369: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 379: Decrease Spending Now Act; S. 448: Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act of ...; S. 692: REFUND Act; S. 941: Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act ...; S. 1090: Higher Education and Skills Obtainment ...; S. 1542: RAISE Act; S. 1592: Delay Until Fully Functional Act ...; S. 1726: Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act; S. 2214: Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act; S. 2230: Investing in Student Success Act ...; S. 2336: Let Seniors Work Act of ...; S.Res. 462: A resolution recognizing the Khmer ...; S.Con.Res. 34: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...; S.J.Res. 16: A joint resolution proposing an ...; S.J.Res. 38: A joint resolution conferring honorary ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
17 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 45 0
23 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd most bills among Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 298 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
Senate Sophomores 3rd most bills out of 13 121
398 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most bills out of 45 51
337 bills View All
All Senators 18th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

3rd most cosponsors among Senate Republicans

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 335 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Sophomores 4th most cosponsors out of 13 48
412 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 3rd most cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
All Senators 22nd most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 2 others

7 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 369: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 535: Regulation Costs to Small Business ...; S. 1542: RAISE Act; S. 2013: Department of Veterans Affairs Management ...; S. 2943: A bill to amend Public ...; S. 2953: Keeping America Safe from Ebola ...; S.Res. 453: A resolution condemning the death ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
All Senators 17th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

5th lowest % of bills among Senate Sophomores

Rubio tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 26% of Rubio’s 42 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Sophomores 5th lowest % of bills out of 12 7
56% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 18th highest % of bills out of 37 5
61% of bills View All
All Senators 35th lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

4th fewest bills among Senate Sophomores; tied with 4 others

Rubio introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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.J.Res. 38: A joint resolution conferring honorary ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 13 0
5 laws View All
Senate Republicans 14th most bills (tied w/ 17) out of 45 0
6 laws View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
7 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.

 

Bills Introduced

7th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Rubio introduced 42 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 7
63 bills View All
Senate Republicans 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 7
85 bills View All
All Senators 36th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

8th best 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores 5th best score out of 13
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Senate Republicans 8th best score out of 45
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All Senators 37th best score out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

11th most bipartisan among All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 298 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores 5th most bipartisan out of 13 16
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 10th most bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
All Senators 11th most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

11th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 5 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1271: Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability ...; S. 1592: Delay Until Fully Functional Act ...; S. 2778: A bill to require the ...; S.Res. 462: A resolution recognizing the Khmer ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 45 0
15 bills View All
All Senators 41st most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

15th most absent among All Senators

Rubio missed 6.8% of votes (45 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Rubio’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores 3rd most absent out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
All Senators 15th most absent out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Ideology Score

24th most conservative among All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores 4th most conservative out of 13
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Senate Republicans 22nd most liberal out of 45
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All Senators 24th most conservative out of 100
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Committee Positions

Rubio held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Rubio’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores 2nd lowest score (tied w/ 9) out of 13 1
3 points View All
Senate Republicans 6th lowest score (tied w/ 14) out of 45 0
8 points View All
All Senators 20th lowest score (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rubio supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Rubio 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores least supportive along with 5 others out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 26 others out of 45 0
5 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 34 others out of 100 0
8 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 the 113th Congress) 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.