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Sen. Mazie Hirono’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Hirono’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her 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 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.

 

Ranked 10th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Hirono’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

12 of Hirono’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. 899: Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement ...; 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. 2468: Fair Day in Court for ...; S. 3151: Public Service Freedom to Negotiate ...; S.Res. 45: A resolution designating February 2017 ...; S.Res. 70: A resolution recognizing the 75th ...; S.Res. 387: A resolution recognizing January 30, ...; S.Res. 678: A resolution recognizing the month ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 397 bills that Hirono cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 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. 2245: KIWI Act; S. 3110: Patsy T. Mink and Louise ...; S.Res. 530: A resolution recognizing the significance ...; S.Res. 546: A resolution recognizing the significance ...; S.Res. 598: A resolution calling upon the ...; S.Res. 621: A resolution congratulating the Honolulu ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 14th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Hirono supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Hirono 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Hirono cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 21st most bills compared to All Senators

Hirono cosponsored 397 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 (60th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Got the 21st most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Hirono’s bills and resolutions had 433 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 (68th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Hirono introduced 4 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 504: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...; S. 899: Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement ...; S. 2213: Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey ...; S. 2245: KIWI Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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

Hirono introduced 58 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hirono introduced 12 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 504: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel ...; S. 899: Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement ...; S. 2213: Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey ...; S. 2245: KIWI Act; 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.Res. 403: A resolution designating February 2018 ...; S.Res. 544: A resolution celebrating June 11, ...; S.Res. 621: A resolution congratulating the Honolulu ...; S.Con.Res. 14: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 23: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Hirono’s 58 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Hirono caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

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 Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Hirono’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Hirono missed 2.0% of votes (12 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Hirono’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (66th 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 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.