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Sen. Mark Udall’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Colorado
Democrat
Served Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Udall’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 Udall’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 their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Udall introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 341: San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Udall cosponsored 186 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 (19th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Udall supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Udall 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Udall cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Was 23rd most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Udall missed 5.6% of votes (37 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (76th 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 Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (68th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Udall’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. 253: A bill establishing the Committee ...; S. 1423: Toxic Substances and Worker Health ...; S. 2163: A bill to establish an ...; S. 2494: Natural Gas Export Promotion Act ...; S.Res. 30: A resolution establishing the Committee ...; S.Res. 164: A resolution designating October 30, ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Udall 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 Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (25th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Udall tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 40% of Udall’s 47 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (69th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 186 bills that Udall cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Udall’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. 253: A bill establishing the Committee ...; S. 1212: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training ...; S. 1443: Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned ...; S. 1606: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1913: A bill to make permanent ...; S. 2273: Department of Defense Energy Security ...; S. 2358: Military Opportunities for Mothers Act; S.Res. 30: A resolution establishing the Committee ...; S.Res. 122: A resolution recognizing the historic ...; S.Res. 437: A resolution recognizing the historic ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Udall introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 1606: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (32nd 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Udall introduced 47 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (69th 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 Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Udall’s bills and resolutions had 164 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 Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (36th 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.