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Sen. Mark Warner’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Virginia
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Warner’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 Warner’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.

 

Ranked 6th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 6th 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 201 bills that Warner cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Warner supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Warner 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Warner sponsored S. 994: DATA Act

Warner cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Warner’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. 1798: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency ...; S. 1906: A bill to establish the ...; S. 2075: Military Commissary Sustainment Act; S. 2429: Employer Participation in Refinancing Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Held the 7th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Warner held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Warner’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st highest % of bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42% of Warner’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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. Warner introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 994: DATA Act; S.Res. 156: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 277: A resolution recognizing the religious ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Warner’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. 710: Municipal Advisors Relief Act of ...; S. 994: DATA Act; S. 1158: National Park Service 100th Anniversary ...; S.Res. 277: A resolution recognizing the religious ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Warner cosponsored 201 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 (34th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Warner introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 994: DATA Act; S. 1000: Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (64th 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

Warner introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (61st 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 Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Warner’s bills and resolutions had 273 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 (55th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Warner missed 2.1% of votes (14 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Warner’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (47th 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.