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Sen. Mazie Hirono’s 2017 Report Card

Junior Senator from Hawaii
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Hirono’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her 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 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 influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 2 others)

8 of Hirono’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. 899: A bill to amend title ...; S. 900: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act; S. 1136: Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion ...; S. 1220: Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act ...; S. 1424: Federal Aviation Administration Veterans’ Preference ...; S. 1433: A bill to approve the ...; S.Res. 45: A resolution designating February 2017 ...; S.Res. 70: A resolution recognizing the 75th ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th 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. 16 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. 683: Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled ...; S. 900: Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act; S. 901: A bill to prohibit any ...; S. 958: Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation ...; S. 1136: Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion ...; S. 1220: Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act ...; S. 1246: Women and Minorities in STEM ...; S. 1270: STEM Opportunities Act of 2017; S. 1391: Covering our FAS Allies Act; S. 1421: Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity ...; S. 1424: Federal Aviation Administration Veterans’ Preference ...; S. 1600: Protecting and Preserving Social Security ...; S. 1684: Science Laureates of the United ...; S. 2129: Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement ...; S. 2213: Admiral Lloyd R. `Joe’ Vasey ...; S. 2245: KIWI Act

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

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


 

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 12 others)

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. 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 Hirono’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Hirono cosponsored 234 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 (59th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got the 24th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hirono’s bills and resolutions had 235 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 (65th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hirono introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 504: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...; S.Res. 45: A resolution designating February 2017 ...; S.Res. 183: A resolution recognizing the significance ...; S.Res. 305: A resolution recognizing the month ...; S.Con.Res. 14: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 23: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 234 bills that Hirono cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hirono supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hirono 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hirono cosponsored S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Hirono introduced 37 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (63rd percentile); All Senators (73rd 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hirono’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hirono introduced 1 bill 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 504: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Hirono tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 12 of Hirono’s 37 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (63rd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hirono missed 1.8% of votes (6 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Hirono’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (70th 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.