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Sen. Michael Bennet’s 2018 Report Card

Senior Senator from Colorado
Democrat
Serving Jan 22, 2009 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Bennet’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him 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 Bennet’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 least often compared to Senate Democrats

2 of Bennet’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. 767: Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act; S.Res. 232: A resolution supporting the inclusion ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bennet introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 289: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment ...; S. 456: RACE for Children Act; S. 1705: Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act ...; S. 2218: West Fork Fire Station Act ...; S. 2876: Pike National Historic Trail Study ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Bennet’s bills and resolutions had 149 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 Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Bennet’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Bennet supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Bennet 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Bennet sponsored S. 1189: Close the Revolving Door Act ...

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 11th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bennet’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 335 bills that Bennet cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Bennet introduced 3 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. 456: RACE for Children Act; S. 1705: Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act ...; S. 2218: West Fork Fire Station Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (36th 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

Bennet introduced 43 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Bennet’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. 289: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment ...; S. 456: RACE for Children Act; S. 843: Carbon Capture Improvement Act of ...; S. 1271: Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation ...; S. 1924: A bill to authorize 2 ...; S. 1930: Pollution Transparency Act; S. 1970: Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017; S. 2041: Rebuilding Resilient Energy Systems Act ...; S. 2218: West Fork Fire Station Act ...; S. 2337: Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and ...; S. 3213: Crowdfunding Amendments Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Bennet’s 43 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bennet caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Bennet 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 Bennet’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Bennet cosponsored 335 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 Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Bennet missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Bennet’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (39th 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.