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Sen. Mark Warner’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Warner’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Warner cosponsored 220 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 (28th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Warner introduced 5 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. 1444: Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership ...; S. 1500: Keeping Capital Local for Underserved ...; S. 1914: Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies ...; S. 3714: Ashanti Alert Act of 2018; S.J.Res. 49: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (66th 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.


 

Ranked 8th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Warner held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, 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 Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 220 bills that Warner cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th 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 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

4 of Warner’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. 233: Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act ...; S. 796: Employer Participation in Repayment Act ...; S.Res. 222: A resolution designating July 26, ...; S.Res. 741: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 12th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Warner introduced 8 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1444: Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership ...; S. 1500: Keeping Capital Local for Underserved ...; S. 1914: Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies ...; S. 3714: Ashanti Alert Act of 2018; S.Res. 222: A resolution designating July 26, ...; S.Res. 595: A resolution designating July 26, ...; S.Con.Res. 35: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.J.Res. 49: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 33 of Warner’s 42 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Warner caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Warner introduced 42 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (48th 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 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. 6: Lifelong Learning and Training Account ...; S. 516: State Cyber Resiliency Act; S. 695: A bill to avoid duplicative ...; S. 751: National Park Service Legacy Act ...; S. 1251: Portable Benefits for Independent Workers ...; S. 1384: Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act; S. 1724: Healthy Food Access for All ...; S. 1908: Commonsense Reporting Act of 2017; S. 2569: Appalachia Opportunity Grants Act of ...; S.J.Res. 49: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Warner’s bills and resolutions had 296 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 (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (60th 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 Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Warner missed 1.5% of votes (9 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Warner’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Warner 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.