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Sen. Maria Cantwell’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Washington
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2001 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Cantwell’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cantwell cosponsored 266 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 (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Cantwell’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 102: Securing Access to Networks in ...; S. 548: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act ...; S. 2857: National Nordic Museum Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Cantwell missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 24th 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 266 bills that Cantwell cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (68th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cantwell introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 53: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research ...; S. 61: A bill to remove the ...; S. 3060: A bill to repeal section ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (36th 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 Introduced

Cantwell introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cantwell introduced 13 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 569: Land and Water Conservation Authorization ...; S. 713: National Heritage Area Authorization Act ...; S. 714: Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement ...; S. 995: Spokane Tribe of Indians of ...; S. 2290: Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act ...; S. 2857: National Nordic Museum Act; S. 3060: A bill to repeal section ...; S. 3100: Mountains to Sound Greenway National ...; S.Res. 596: A resolution recognizing the 29th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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 ...; S. 2887: Major General Tim Lowenberg National ...; S. 3060: A bill to repeal section ...; S. 3122: High School CODES Act; S.Res. 430: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 596: A resolution recognizing the 29th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Cantwell’s 40 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cantwell caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had 275 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (31st 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cantwell supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cantwell 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cantwell cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (54th 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 115th Congress) 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.