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Sen. Martha McSally’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Arizona's 2nd District
Republican
Served Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2019


These statistics cover McSally’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 McSally’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 the 2nd top leader compared to House Sophomores

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 McSally’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Arizona Delegation

McSally cosponsored 165 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 Arizona Delegation (11th percentile); House Sophomores (16th percentile); House Republicans (32nd percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores

McSally’s bills and resolutions had 640 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 Arizona Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (92nd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

15 of McSally’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. 362: January 8th National Memorial Act; H.R. 505: Border Security Technology Accountability Act ...; H.R. 677: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ...; H.R. 678: Department of Homeland Security Support ...; H.R. 1302: Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel ...; H.R. 2052: PRIVATE Act; H.R. 2053: Mining Schools Enhancement Act; H.R. 2192: To amend the Public Health ...; H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 2790: Humane Cosmetics Act; H.R. 2987: 21st Century Conservation Service Corps ...; H.R. 3018: Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act; H.R. 3551: C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 5206: Office of Biometric Identity Management ...; H.R. 5207: Immigration Advisory Program Authorization Act ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (97th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th most bills compared to House Sophomores

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of McSally’s 28 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McSally caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

McSally introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (85th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 22nd most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McSally introduced 13 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 505: Border Security Technology Accountability Act ...; H.R. 677: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ...; H.R. 678: Department of Homeland Security Support ...; H.R. 1302: Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel ...; H.R. 1547: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; H.R. 2052: PRIVATE Act; H.R. 2053: Mining Schools Enhancement Act; H.R. 2192: To amend the Public Health ...; H.R. 2213: Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of ...; H.R. 2987: 21st Century Conservation Service Corps ...; H.R. 3551: C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017; H.R. 5206: Office of Biometric Identity Management ...; H.R. 5207: Immigration Advisory Program Authorization Act ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (93rd percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (94th percentile).


 

Held the 48th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 12 others)

McSally held a leadership position on 0 committees 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 McSally’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (95th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McSally introduced 1 bill 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. 2052: PRIVATE Act

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (33rd percentile); House Sophomores (31st percentile); House Republicans (22nd percentile); All Representatives (34th 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.


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of McSally’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. 362: January 8th National Memorial Act; H.R. 1410: Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act; H.R. 3212: To reauthorize the State Criminal ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (67th percentile); House Sophomores (56th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 165 bills that McSally cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (46th percentile); House Republicans (66th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 McSally’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (51st percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McSally missed 3.3% of votes (40 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View McSally’s Profile »

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (71st percentile); All Representatives (59th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McSally supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave McSally 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

McSally cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...; H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund ...

Compare to all Arizona Delegation (44th percentile); House Sophomores (57th percentile); House Republicans (70th percentile); All Representatives (68th 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.