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Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Tennessee's 7th District
Republican
Served Jan 7, 2003 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover Blackburn’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives 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 Blackburn’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.

 

Supported government transparency the 2nd least often compared to Tennessee Delegation (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Blackburn supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Blackburn 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blackburn cosponsored H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Was 10th most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Blackburn missed 16.2% of votes (196 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Blackburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Ranked 16th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Blackburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 16th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 others)

9 of Blackburn’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: H.R. 314: Health Care Choice Act of ...; H.R. 375: To designate the Federal building ...; H.R. 706: Plan Verification and Fairness Act ...; H.R. 4682: Open Internet Preservation Act; H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; H.R. 4986: RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018; H.R. 5752: Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act ...; H.R. 5799: Medicaid Drug Review, Utilization, Good ...; H.J.Res. 86: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Blackburn introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 29th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 243 bills that Blackburn cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 27th most laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 15 others)

Blackburn introduced 3 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: H.R. 375: To designate the Federal building ...; H.R. 5799: Medicaid Drug Review, Utilization, Good ...; H.J.Res. 86: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (81st 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.


 

Got the 35th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Blackburn’s bills and resolutions had 504 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 Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); House Republicans (85th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 39th top leader compared to All Representatives

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 Blackburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 53rd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

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

Those bills were: H.R. 88: Shiloh National Military Park Boundary ...; H.R. 375: To designate the Federal building ...; H.R. 1876: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act ...; H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; H.R. 4986: RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018; H.R. 5752: Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act ...; H.R. 5799: Medicaid Drug Review, Utilization, Good ...; H.J.Res. 86: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (76th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Blackburn’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. 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: H.R. 1822: Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act ...; H.R. 4712: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; H.R. 6844: No Early Release for Fentanyl ...; H.J.Res. 86: Providing for congressional disapproval under ...

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (70th 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. 11 of Blackburn’s 32 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blackburn caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blackburn 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. View Blackburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Tennessee Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Blackburn cosponsored 243 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 Tennessee Delegation (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (40th 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.