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Sen. Mazie Hirono’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Hawaii
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Hirono’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Hirono’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 bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 of Hirono’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. 389: All Students Count Act of ...; S. 464: Native Hawaiian Education Reauthorization Act ...; S. 712: Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act ...; S. 733: Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act ...; S. 960: Protecting and Preserving Social Security ...; S. 1059: College Options for DREAMers Act; S. 1060: Pell Grant Protection Act; S. 1061: Pell Grant Cost of Tuition ...; S. 1062: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act; S. 1301: Restoring Medicaid for Compact of ...; S. 1450: Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency ...; S. 1451: Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation ...; S. 1555: Filipino Veterans of World War ...; S. 2317: Minority-Serving Institution Fairness Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Hirono introduced 35 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Of the 224 bills that Hirono cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

Ranked 14th most liberal 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hirono’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 17th most bills compared to All Senators

Hirono cosponsored 224 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 (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

1 of Hirono’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1062: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Was 18th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Hirono missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Hirono’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (25th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hirono introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. 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).

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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hirono introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Hirono tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 26% of Hirono’s 35 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Hirono 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 Hirono’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hirono’s bills and resolutions had 142 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hirono’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hirono supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hirono 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hirono cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1838: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (64th 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 2015) 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.