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Sen. Maria Cantwell’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Cantwell’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Cantwell cosponsored 136 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 Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 136 bills that Cantwell cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd 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 influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 8 others)

2 of Cantwell’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 102: Securing Access to Networks in ...; S. 548: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 12th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Cantwell introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 53: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research ...; S. 61: A bill to remove the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 17th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Cantwell’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (78th 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 Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (67th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 497: Lymphedema Treatment Act; S. 624: A bill to allow servicemembers ...; S. 800: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act; S. 1309: Tribal Social Security Fairness Act; S. 1352: Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act ...; S. 1904: Smart Cities and Communities Act ...; S. 1991: Wildland Fires Act of 2017; S. 2032: GSP Footwear Act of 2017; S. 2194: Fishing and Small Vessel Relief ...; S. 2217: FUTURE of Artificial Intelligence Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Cantwell missed 0.6% of votes (2 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (42nd 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cantwell introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 53: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research ...; S. 61: A bill to remove the ...; S. 102: Securing Access to Networks in ...; S. 566: Methow Headwaters Protection Act; S. 713: National Heritage Area Authorization Act ...; S. 714: Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had 156 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cantwell introduced 23 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

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 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (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 2017) 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.