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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.

 

Missed Votes

2nd most absent among All Senators

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators 2nd most absent out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd most bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 3rd most bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 20th most bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

6th most bills among Senate Republicans

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 6th most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 14th most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Working with the House

7th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 16th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

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 358 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Republicans 8th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 35th most bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Laws Enacted

9th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 8th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Cosponsors

13th most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Republicans 13th most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 25th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

15th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 15th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

19th most bills among 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 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. 2845: Venezuela Defense of Human Rights ...; S.Con.Res. 38: A concurrent resolution reaffirming the ...; S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution to express ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 14th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 19th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

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

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Republicans 13th best score out of 54
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All Senators 20th best score out of 100
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

19th most bills among 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 11th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 19th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

26th 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Republicans 26th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 26th 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 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
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rubio supported any of 22 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 27 others out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 27 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 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.