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Sen. Martin Heinrich’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from New Mexico
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Heinrich’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators 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 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.

 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich’s bills and resolutions had 98 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 Senate Democrats (6th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Ranked the 7th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Supported government transparency the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Heinrich supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Heinrich 6 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. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich cosponsored 292 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 (23rd percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Introduced the 15th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Heinrich introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Heinrich missed 4.3% of votes (26 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Heinrich’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: S. 1035: PROSPERS Act; S. 1400: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 1799: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (4th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 20th 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. 13 of Heinrich’s 25 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Heinrich caucused with in the 115th Congress.

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heinrich introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 432: Cerros del Norte Conservation Act; S. 436: San Juan County Settlement Implementation ...; S. 1400: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 1799: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 2827: A bill to amend the ...; S.Res. 67: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heinrich introduced 0 bills 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.

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.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 432: Cerros del Norte Conservation Act; S. 996: Middle Class CHANCE Act; S. 1035: PROSPERS Act; S. 1400: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 1522: Every Kid Outdoors Act; S. 1799: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 1868: Energy Storage Tax Incentive and ...; S. 2078: Advancing Conservation and Education Act; S. 2827: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 292 bills that Heinrich cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


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.