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Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Rubio’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio introduced 130 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio’s bills and resolutions had 995 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (97th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 2nd most politically right compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Rubio’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd 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. 30 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. 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. 153: Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers ...; 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. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2093: RE-Coop 21st Century Manufacturing Act; S. 2621: Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of ...; S. 2791: TSP Act; S. 3211: Clean Water Allotment Modernization Act; S. 3313: Foreign Influence Transparency Act; S. 3538: Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and ...; S. 4079: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 4110: Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act; S. 4380: Air America Act of 2020; S. 4872: American Financial Markets Integrity and ...; S.Res. 104: A resolution calling on the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Rubio cosponsored 437 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); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Held the 3rd most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Rubio held a leadership position on 2 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 (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Rubio introduced 34 bills in the 116th Congress 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: UIGHUR Act of 2019; S. 238: Special Envoy to Monitor and ...; S. 771: Small Business Cyber Training Act ...; S. 772: SBA Cyber Awareness Act; S. 811: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Border ...; S. 979: FACE Act; S. 1646: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2163: Commission on the Social Status ...; S. 2429: Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of ...; S. 3176: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization ...; S. 3744: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act ...; S. 3833: Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act; S. 3905: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 4079: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 4582: A bill to extend, temporarily, ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 511: A resolution supporting the role ...; S.Res. 573: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 587: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 698: A resolution designating September 2020 ...; S.Res. 730: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 793: A resolution remembering the December ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

12 of Rubio’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 178: UIGHUR Act of 2019; S. 238: Special Envoy to Monitor and ...; S. 772: SBA Cyber Awareness Act; S. 979: FACE Act; S. 1781: Central American Women and Children ...; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2503: United States Commission on International ...; S. 4699: PREPARE Act; S.Res. 443: A resolution recognizing and celebrating ...; S.Res. 531: A resolution honoring Las Damas ...; S.Res. 637: A resolution commemorating the 35th ...; S.Res. 749: A resolution denouncing the Maduro ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 65 of Rubio’s 130 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Rubio caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 10th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Rubio introduced 8 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 11: Strengthening the National Disaster Medical ...; S. 153: Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers ...; S. 811: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Border ...; S. 979: FACE Act; S. 1646: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and ...; S. 2163: Commission on the Social Status ...; S. 3744: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th 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.


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Rubio missed 5.1% of votes (37 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Rubio’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 23rd 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 437 bills that Rubio cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.