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Sen. Michael Bennet’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Bennet’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Bennet introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 59: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment …; S. 1705: A bill to authorize the …; S.Res. 571: A resolution congratulating the students, …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Was 4th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years

Bennet missed 18.2% of votes (131 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Bennet’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Bennet’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 690: American Family Act of 2019; S. 1745: Carbon Pollution Transparency Act; S. 3030: Eviction Crisis Act of 2019; S.Res. 571: A resolution congratulating the students, …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Bennet’s bills and resolutions had 281 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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. 58: Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation …; S. 241: Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy …; S. 981: Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019; S. 1355: Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax …; S. 1763: Carbon Capture Improvement Act of …; S. 1958: SHELTER Act; S. 2275: Broadband Transparency and Accountability Act …; S. 2732: ARPA-Terra Act of 2019; S. 3340: Voter Choice Act; S. 3559: Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities …; S. 4254: National Emergency Student Vote Act; S. 4760: The PASTEUR Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Bennet introduced 44 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Bennet introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 59: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment …; S. 1705: A bill to authorize the …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th 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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Bennet’s 44 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Bennet caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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 Senate Democrats (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Bennet cosponsored 475 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 (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 475 bills that Bennet cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Bennet’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (33rd 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Bennet’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.