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Sen. Maria Cantwell’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cantwell’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 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 bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

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. 1311: Roadless Area Conservation Act of …; S. 1703: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act …; S. 1981: Women and Minority Equity Investment …; S. 3718: Local News and Emergency Information …; S.Res. 748: A resolution congratulating the Seattle …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cantwell introduced 30 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cantwell’s bills and resolutions had 188 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 Democrats (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Cantwell cosponsored 336 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 Democrats (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Cantwell’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cantwell caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th 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 336 bills that Cantwell cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (76th 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 8th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Cantwell’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. 1703: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act …; S. 1981: Women and Minority Equity Investment …; S. 3002: United States Technical Assistance for …; S. 5075: COVID–19 Consumer Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cantwell introduced 2 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. 216: Spokane Tribe of Indians of …; S. 529: National Landslide Preparedness Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th 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. Cantwell introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 216: Spokane Tribe of Indians of …; S. 529: National Landslide Preparedness Act; S. 1751: Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage …; S. 2332: Grid Modernization Act of 2019; S. 2333: Energy Cybersecurity Act of 2019; S. 2334: 21st Century Energy Workforce Act …; S. 2335: Smart Building Acceleration Act of …; S. 2782: A bill to improve provisions …; S. 2802: Marine Mammal Research and Response …; S. 3771: FUTURE of Artificial Intelligence Act …; S.Res. 461: A resolution congratulating Seattle Sounders …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cantwell held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (58th 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cantwell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Missed Votes

Cantwell missed 1.3% of votes (9 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Cantwell’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


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.