Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Rubio’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 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.

 

Missed Votes

the most absent among All Senators

Rubio missed 35.4% of votes (120 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Rubio’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators the most absent out of 100 0
35% missed votes View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

4th most bills among Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 209 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 Republicans 4th most bills out of 54 49
284 bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 49
301 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

7th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

8 of Rubio’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. 373: Vessel Incidental Discharge Act; S. 404: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 507: RAISE Act; S. 802: Girls Count Act of 2015; S. 1343: A bill to require the ...; S. 1403: Florida Fisheries Improvement Act; S. 1789: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act ...; S. 2184: Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
12 bills View All
All Senators 7th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
12 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

11th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 209 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Republicans 11th most bipartisan out of 54 10
51% of bills View All
All Senators 41st 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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

10th most bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 7 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 373: Vessel Incidental Discharge Act; S. 802: Girls Count Act of 2015; S. 1082: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1403: Florida Fisheries Improvement Act; S. 1789: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act ...; S. 2184: Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability ...; S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution to express ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
25 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

12th most bills among Senate Republicans

Rubio introduced 35 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 12th most bills out of 54 4
125 bills View All
All Senators 27th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 4
125 bills View All
 

Working with the House

15th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 123: Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act; S. 124: A bill to amend the ...; S. 404: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 477: Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection ...; S. 507: RAISE Act; S. 716: Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act of ...; S. 809: Educational Opportunities Act; S. 845: A bill to require the ...; S. 874: Second Amendment Enforcement Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 1
30 bills View All
All Senators 33rd most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

18th lowest % of bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Rubio tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 29% of Rubio’s 35 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 18th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
71% of bills View All
All Senators 41st 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.

 

Ideology Score

23rd 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Republicans 23rd most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 23rd most conservative out of 100
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Leadership Score

23rd best score among All Senators

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 Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Republicans 16th best score out of 54
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All Senators 23rd best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

28th most cosponsors among All Senators

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 219 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
Senate Republicans 17th most cosponsors out of 54 10
579 cosponsors View All
All Senators 28th most cosponsors out of 100 10
579 cosponsors View All
 

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 Republicans 13th lowest score (tied w/ 18) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 22nd lowest score (tied w/ 34) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Rubio 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. 802: Girls Count Act of 2015

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
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 Rubio supported any of 19 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 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.