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Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan’s 2019 Report Card

Junior Senator from New Hampshire
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Hassan’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her 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 Hassan’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Hassan’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hassan caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Hassan introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Hassan missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Hassan’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Hassan’s bills and resolutions had 102 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 Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom/follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 Hassan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

2 of Hassan’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. 315: DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident ...; S. 2856: Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 419 bills that Hassan cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th 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.


 

Ranked 7th most politically right compared to Senate Democrats

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 Hassan’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Hassan’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. 346: National Evaluation of Techniques for ...; S. 867: PROTECT Students Act of 2019; S. 1275: Federal Agency Customer Experience Act ...; S. 1785: Fair AMP Act; S. 2588: Home Energy Savings Act; S. 2595: New Home Energy Efficiency Act; S. 2892: Opioid Workforce Act of 2019

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to All Senators

Hassan cosponsored 419 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 Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hassan introduced 1 bill 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. 315: DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (20th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hassan introduced 6 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 315: DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident ...; S. 411: Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of ...; S. 1275: Federal Agency Customer Experience Act ...; S. 2513: Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials ...; S.Res. 181: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 349: A resolution supporting the designation ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hassan 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. View Hassan’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (20th 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.