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Sen. Michael Crapo’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Idaho
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 1999 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Crapo’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Crapo’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 the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Crapo’s bills and resolutions had 9 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Crapo introduced 8 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

1 of Crapo’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 906: Changing How America Reduces Greenhouse ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Crapo’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. 1854: Idaho Safe and Efficient Vehicle ...; S. 2027: A bill to authorize an ...; S. 2040: Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 243 bills that Crapo cosponsored, 39% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 11th fewest laws compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

Crapo introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 2040: Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd 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.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 13th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Crapo introduced 2 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2040: Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act ...; S. 2041: May 31, 1918 Act Repeal ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Crapo held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Crapo’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Crapo missed 1.1% of votes (7 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Crapo’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Crapo supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Crapo 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Crapo cosponsored 243 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (58th 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.