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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Rubio’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Rubio missed 31.3% of votes (157 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 358 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 (94th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio introduced 69 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 744: REFUND Act; S. 809: Educational Opportunities Act; S. 845: A bill to require the ...; S. 874: Second Amendment Enforcement Act of ...; S. 2752: Preventing Iran’s Access to United ...; S. 3285: No Ransom Payments Act of ...; S. 3301: Small Business Relief from Disease ...; S. 3331: Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief ...; S. 3436: Protect Family Farms and Businesses ...; S. 3478: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; S.Res. 112: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Con.Res. 35: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 358 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Rubio introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 802: Girls Count Act of 2015; S. 1617: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act ...; S. 1789: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act ...; S. 2184: Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability ...; S. 2845: Venezuela Defense of Human Rights ...; S. 2878: Frank R. Wolf International Religious ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 363 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

9 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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 ...; S.Res. 486: A resolution commemorating “Cruise Travel ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Ranked the 20th top leader compared to 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 9 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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. 2845: Venezuela Defense of Human Rights ...; S.Con.Res. 38: A concurrent resolution reaffirming the ...; S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution to express ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 19th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Rubio’s 69 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (78th 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 Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rubio supported any of 22 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 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 114th Congress) 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.