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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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th fewest laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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.


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 298 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 46% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 24th most conservative compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

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. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rubio supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (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 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.