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Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s 2019 Report Card

Junior Senator from Tennessee
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Blackburn’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Ranked most right (~conservative) compared to All Senators

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blackburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blackburn introduced 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1235: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Blackburn’s bills and resolutions had 211 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Senate Freshmen

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blackburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Blackburn’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. 105: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ...; S. 644: Chester County Reversionary Interest Release ...; S. 1166: Internet Exchange Act of 2019; S. 1235: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin ...; S. 1936: PALS Act; S. 2017: Federal Prohibition of Female Genital ...; S. 2408: Telehealth Across State Lines Act ...; S. 2411: Rural Health Innovation Act of ...; S. 2820: Stadiums Operating under New Guidance ...; S. 3007: Eliminate Network Distribution of Child ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Senate Freshmen

Of the 239 bills that Blackburn cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blackburn cosponsored 239 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 Freshmen (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 6 others)

1 of Blackburn’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1235: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Blackburn’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blackburn caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Blackburn introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1235: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (20th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Blackburn introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blackburn held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Blackburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Blackburn missed 0.7% of votes (3 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Blackburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (33rd percentile); All Senators (30th 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 2019) 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.