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Sen. Maria Cantwell’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Washington
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Cantwell’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Cantwell’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 3rd highest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 52% of Cantwell’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (88th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Cantwell cosponsored 166 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (12th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Cantwell’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. 41: A bill to provide a ...; S. 497: San Juan Islands National Conservation ...; S. 2693: Women’s Small Business Ownership Act ...; S. 2884: A bill to amend the ...; S.Res. 572: A resolution congratulating the Sailors ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Cantwell missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

3 of Cantwell’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 919: Department of the Interior Tribal ...; S. 1352: Native American Housing Assistance and ...; S. 1695: A bill to designate a ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 166 bills that Cantwell cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (34th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cantwell introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 507: Manhattan Project National Historical Park ...; S. 919: Department of the Interior Tribal ...; S. 1275: REFI Pacific Act; S. 1352: Native American Housing Assistance and ...; S. 1448: Spokane Tribe of Indians of ...; S. 2602: National Heritage Area Authorization Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cantwell 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 Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cantwell introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cantwell supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cantwell 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cantwell cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cantwell introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (34th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had 227 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.