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Sen. Martin Heinrich’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Heinrich’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 6th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich’s bills and resolutions had 233 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (11th percentile); All Senators (30th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Heinrich cosponsored 348 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 (15th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Heinrich’s 46 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Heinrich caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

5 of Heinrich’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 197: Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of ...; S. 261: North American Wetlands Conservation Extension ...; S. 1286: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 2165: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 2393: Clean Energy Jobs Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most politically left compared to All Senators

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Heinrich’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (46th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 24th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Heinrich introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 526: Buffalo Tract Protection Act; S. 871: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; S. 1286: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 1345: A bill to amend and ...; S. 1582: A bill to establish the ...; S. 2165: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 2393: Clean Energy Jobs Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Heinrich introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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: S. 871: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; S. 1345: A bill to amend and ...; S. 1582: A bill to establish the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (35th percentile); All Senators (35th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Heinrich introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 197: Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of ...; S. 261: North American Wetlands Conservation Extension ...; S. 491: America’s Public Land Act of ...; S. 526: Buffalo Tract Protection Act; S. 871: White Sands National Park Establishment ...; S. 1142: Energy Storage Tax Incentive and ...; S. 1286: Energy Technology Maturation Act of ...; S. 1320: Defense Small Business Advancement Act ...; S. 1665: SOAR Act; S. 2165: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony ...; S. 2241: Native American Seeds Protection Act ...; S. 2471: Degrees Not Debt Act of ...; S. 3107: Electric Power Infrastructure Improvement Act; S. 3109: Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act ...; S. 3241: A bill to amend the ...; S. 4232: A bill to amend title ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Heinrich 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. View Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 348 bills that Heinrich cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Heinrich missed 3.8% of votes (27 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Heinrich’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (66th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.