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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 245 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 (98th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators

Rubio introduced 57 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

12 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of ...; S. 170: Combating BDS Act of 2017; S. 224: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 417: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 459: A bill to designate the ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 659: South China Sea and East ...; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; S. 1595: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; S. 1748: Florida Fisheries Improvement Act of ...; S.Res. 6: A resolution objecting to United ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Rubio introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of ...; S. 493: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (94th 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 their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 13 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 154: Small Business Relief From Disease ...; S. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of ...; S. 459: A bill to designate the ...; S. 493: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; S. 1595: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; S.Res. 6: A resolution objecting to United ...; S.Res. 19: A resolution denouncing the deadly ...; S.Res. 240: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 252: A resolution designating September 2017 ...; S.Res. 362: A resolution recognizing the service ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 47: Protect Family Farms and Businesses ...; S. 150: Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act ...; S. 152: VA Accountability First and Appeals ...; S. 155: RAISE Act; S. 157: Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act of ...; S. 198: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; S. 417: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 459: A bill to designate the ...; S. 476: Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 821: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; S. 1073: Escambia County Land Conveyance Act; S. 1292: Special Envoy to Monitor and ...; S. 1955: Preserving Liu Xiaobo Legacy of ...; S. 1995: Spurring Business in Communities Act ...; S. 2023: Cuban Airport Security Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th 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 245 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Rubio’s 57 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Rubio missed 4.3% of votes (14 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 367 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (92nd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

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 Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Rubio held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 (6th percentile); All Senators (8th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.