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Sen. Mary Landrieu’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Louisiana
Democrat
Served Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2015


These special statistics cover Landrieu’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Landrieu’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd highest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 52% of Landrieu’s 54 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (90th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Was 6th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Landrieu missed 11.0% of votes (72 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Landrieu’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 269 bills that Landrieu cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 9th top leader 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Landrieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Landrieu’s bills and resolutions had 456 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 13th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Landrieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (41st percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 of Landrieu’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. 412: Keep Our Commitment to Veterans ...; S. 415: Small Business Disaster Reform Act ...; S. 654: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act ...; S. 1203: Protecting Adoption and Promoting Responsible ...; S. 1279: Freedom to Pray Act; S. 1326: Songwriters Tax Simplification Reauthorization Act; S. 1440: Tornado Family Safety Act of ...; S. 1498: Small Business Tax Fairness Act; S. 1740: Department of Veterans Affairs Major ...; S. 2033: JOBS Act of 2014; S. 2374: Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...; S.Res. 456: A resolution recognizing National Foster ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Landrieu introduced 54 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Landrieu introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Landrieu held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Landrieu’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Landrieu introduced 8 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 289: Commercial Real Estate and Economic ...; S. 311: Lower Mississippi River Area Study ...; S. 415: Small Business Disaster Reform Act ...; S. 511: EXCEL Act; S. 537: CLEAR SBA Act; S. 1491: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2534: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations ...; S. 2554: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (54th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Landrieu’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 289: Commercial Real Estate and Economic ...; S. 511: EXCEL Act; S. 1491: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1571: A bill to permit the ...; S. 2008: SCORE for Small Business Act ...; S.Res. 433: A resolution condemning the abduction ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Landrieu supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Landrieu 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Landrieu cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Landrieu cosponsored 269 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (69th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.