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Sen. Mark Warner’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Virginia
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Warner’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him 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 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 6th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Warner cosponsored 340 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 (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Held the 7th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Warner held a leadership position on 1 committee and 3 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 Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

Warner introduced 5 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. 314: Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for ...; S. 354: A bill to avoid duplicative ...; S. 734: Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement ...; S. 841: Relocation Expense Parity Act; S. 2592: Virginia Beach Strong Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (69th 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.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th 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 340 bills that Warner cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (71st 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 12th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

5 of Warner’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. 466: Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions ...; S. 2242: Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections ...; S. 2625: Syrian Allies Protection Act; S. 4255: Jobs and Neighborhood Investment Act; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Warner introduced 54 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Warner introduced 8 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 314: Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for ...; S. 354: A bill to avoid duplicative ...; S. 734: Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement ...; S. 841: Relocation Expense Parity Act; S. 2592: Virginia Beach Strong Act; S.Res. 164: A resolution commending the University ...; S.Res. 286: A resolution designating July 26, ...; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 20 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. 198: Stop the Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary ...; S. 354: A bill to avoid duplicative ...; S. 466: Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions ...; S. 539: Lifelong Learning and Training Account ...; S. 540: Self-Employed Mortgage Access Act of ...; S. 541: Portable Benefits for Independent Workers ...; S. 734: Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement ...; S. 786: Healthy Food Access for All ...; S. 841: Relocation Expense Parity Act; S. 1065: State Cyber Resiliency Act; S. 1489: Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act; S. 2366: Commonsense Reporting Act of 2019; S. 2592: Virginia Beach Strong Act; S. 3457: Preserving Patient Access to Home ...; S. 4255: Jobs and Neighborhood Investment Act; S. 4442: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ...; S. 4448: Fair Drug Prices for Kids ...; S. 4503: Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered ...; S.Res. 164: A resolution commending the University ...; S.J.Res. 52: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (65th 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. 32 of Warner’s 54 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Warner caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Warner’s bills and resolutions had 342 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (54th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Warner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Warner missed 3.1% of votes (22 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Warner’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (58th 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.