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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Rubio’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 424 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).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

21 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of ...; S. 170: Combating BDS Act of 2017; S. 198: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; S. 224: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; S. 459: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1051: Taiwan Travel Act; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; S. 1292: Special Envoy to Monitor and ...; S. 1580: Protecting Girls’ Access to Education ...; S. 1595: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; S. 1748: Florida Fisheries Improvement Act of ...; S. 2365: Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking ...; S. 2497: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization ...; S. 3374: South Florida Clean Coastal Waters ...; S. 3622: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act ...; S.Res. 6: A resolution objecting to United ...; S.Res. 354: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 450: A resolution reaffirming the United ...; S.Res. 511: A resolution honoring Las Damas ...; S.Res. 556: A resolution reaffirming the commitment ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 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. 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 ...; S. 2358: Women and Lung Cancer Research ...; S. 2537: Sunshine Protection Act of 2018; S. 2632: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ...; S. 2690: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2828: Sober Home Fraud Detection Act; S. 2856: Liberty City Rising Act; S. 3065: Protecting JOBs Act; S.Res. 622: A resolution supporting renaming NATO ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Rubio introduced 92 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 60 of Rubio’s 92 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rubio caucused with in the 115th Congress.

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


 

Ranked the 4th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

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

Rubio introduced 11 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 161: Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of ...; S. 198: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; S. 493: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 821: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; S. 1051: Taiwan Travel Act; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; S. 1580: Protecting Girls’ Access to Education ...; S. 1595: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; S. 1995: Spurring Business in Communities Act ...

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 the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 681 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (92nd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Held the 4th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

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. 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 »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th 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 424 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (86th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 24 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 198: Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of ...; S. 459: A bill to designate the ...; S. 493: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 623: READ Act; S. 821: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act ...; S. 1051: Taiwan Travel Act; S. 1094: Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability ...; S. 1118: North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization ...; S. 1580: Protecting Girls’ Access to Education ...; S. 1595: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments ...; S. 1995: Spurring Business in Communities Act ...; S. 2497: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization ...; S. 2764: Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 421: A resolution condemning the horrific ...; S.Res. 543: A resolution congratulating the Florida ...; S.Res. 627: A resolution designating September 2018 ...; S.Res. 652: A resolution remembering the 1-year ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Was 8th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Rubio missed 5.8% of votes (35 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 25th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Rubio supported any of 14 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 115th Congress) 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.