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Sen. Martha McSally’s 2019 Report Card

Junior Senator from Arizona
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2019 – Nov 30, 2020


These year-end statistics cover McSally’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 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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

McSally introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Senate Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McSally introduced 14 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 48: Cottonwood Land Exchange Act of ...; S. 54: La Paz County Land Conveyance ...; S. 55: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; S. 243: Black Mountain Range and Bullhead ...; S. 688: A bill to amend title ...; S. 731: Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act; S. 1057: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan ...; S. 1931: Western Area Power Administration Transparency ...; S. 2044: Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and ...; S. 2381: Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act ...; S. 2750: Operation Stonegarden Authorization Act; S. 2774: Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act ...; S. 2852: Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses ...; S.Res. 335: A resolution instructing the managers ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 32 of McSally’s 46 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McSally caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

McSally introduced 7 bills 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. 48: Cottonwood Land Exchange Act of ...; S. 54: La Paz County Land Conveyance ...; S. 55: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; S. 243: Black Mountain Range and Bullhead ...; S. 688: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1057: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan ...; S. 2852: Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th 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 bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 of McSally’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. 48: Cottonwood Land Exchange Act of ...; S. 54: La Paz County Land Conveyance ...; S. 55: Udall Park Land Exchange Completion ...; S. 243: Black Mountain Range and Bullhead ...; S. 244: Embry-Riddle Tri-City Land Exchange Completion ...; S. 688: A bill to amend title ...; S. 776: Downwinders Compensation Act of 2019; S. 1057: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan ...; S. 1277: Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement ...; S. 1374: Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to ...; S. 1495: Combating Military Sexual Assault Act; S. 1567: Finding Orphan-disease Remedies With Antifungal ...; S. 1783: Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act; S. 2795: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2886: Humane Cosmetics Act of 2019; S. 2912: Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer ...; S. 3022: Southwest Tourism Expansion Act; S. 3060: RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot ...; S. 3077: A bill to provide technical ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

McSally cosponsored 213 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 (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th bottom/follower compared to All Senators

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 McSally’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 13th 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 213 bills that McSally cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Got the 18th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

McSally’s bills and resolutions had 108 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 (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of McSally’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.

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


 

Committee Positions

McSally 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 McSally’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McSally missed 0.7% of votes (3 of 428 votes) in 2019. View McSally’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.