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Sen. Martin Heinrich’s 2016 Report Card

Junior Senator from New Mexico
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Heinrich’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Heinrich’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 bottom follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Heinrich’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich’s bills and resolutions had 75 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Sophomores (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Heinrich’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. 1749: Tribal Tax Incentive for Renewable ...; S. 2701: Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act ...; S. 2778: Directed Energy Weapon Systems Acquisition ...; S. 3127: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

1 of Heinrich’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 3127: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heinrich introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1240: Cerros del Norte Conservation Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 24th 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 309 bills that Heinrich cosponsored, 35% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Heinrich missed 0.6% of votes (3 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Heinrich supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heinrich 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heinrich cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heinrich cosponsored 309 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 Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heinrich introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Heinrich 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 Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (6th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (5th 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.