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Sen. Martin Heinrich’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Heinrich’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Heinrich supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heinrich 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Heinrich sponsored S. 953: White House Visitor Logs Transparency ...

Heinrich cosponsored S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich’s bills and resolutions had 82 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Held the 6th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

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. 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 Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich introduced 20 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heinrich introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 432: Cerros del Norte Conservation Act; S.Res. 67: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (14th 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 176 bills that Heinrich cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Heinrich’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 1035: PROSPERS Act; S. 1400: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 1799: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Heinrich’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 229: Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of ...; S. 390: Buffalo Tract Protection Act; S. 996: Middle Class CHANCE Act; S. 1035: PROSPERS Act; S. 1400: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 1799: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 1868: Energy Storage Tax Incentive and ...; S. 2078: Advancing Conservation and Education Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Heinrich missed 1.2% of votes (4 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Heinrich cosponsored 176 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 Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heinrich introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all 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.


 

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (34th 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 2017) 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.