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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Rubio’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 22 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. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the ...; S. 10: South Florida Clean Coastal Waters ...; S. 15: Liberty City Rising Act; S. 18: SAFE Hospitals Act of 2019; S. 19: Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief ...; S. 78: Hearing Small Businesses Act of ...; S. 107: State Flexibility for Family First ...; S. 265: Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety ...; S. 609: Protecting JOBs Act; S. 670: Sunshine Protection Act of 2019; S. 1144: Flood Insurance Rate Map Interagency ...; S. 1184: HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement ...; S. 1270: Housing Accountability Act of 2019; S. 1291: Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act ...; S. 1292: LOAN Act of 2019; S. 1633: RAISE Act; S. 1634: South China Sea and East ...; S. 1646: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2093: RE-Coop 21st Century Manufacturing Act; S. 2621: Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of ...; S. 2791: Taxpayers and Savers Protection Act; S.Res. 104: A resolution calling on the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 598 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (98th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Rubio introduced 91 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 271 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 (92nd percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 19 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1: Strengthening America’s Security in the ...; S. 10: South Florida Clean Coastal Waters ...; S. 11: Strengthening the National Disaster Medical ...; S. 153: Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers ...; S. 178: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act ...; S. 771: Small Business Cyber Training Act ...; S. 772: SBA Cyber Awareness Act; S. 811: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Border ...; S. 979: Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2429: Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of ...; S.Res. 71: A resolution honoring the memory ...; S.Res. 81: A resolution calling for accountability ...; S.Res. 191: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 223: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 329: A resolution designating September 2019 ...; S.Res. 400: A resolution recognizing October 2019 ...; S.Res. 413: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 434: A resolution honoring the life ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42 of Rubio’s 91 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rubio caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

8 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 178: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act ...; S. 238: Special Envoy to Monitor and ...; S. 772: SBA Cyber Awareness Act; S. 979: Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act; S. 1781: Central American Women and Children ...; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2503: United States Commission on International ...; S.Res. 443: A resolution recognizing and celebrating ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most right (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 271 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Rubio introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 11: Strengthening the National Disaster Medical ...; S. 811: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Border ...; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Rubio held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 (74th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Rubio missed 4.2% of votes (18 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (74th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.