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Sen. Michael Enzi’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Wyoming
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Enzi’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Enzi’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 4th most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

2 of Enzi’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1110: National Forest System Trails Stewardship ...; S. 1315: Knife Owners’ Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 206 bills that Enzi cosponsored, 15% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Enzi introduced 3 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 958: Small Business Fairness Act; S. 1315: Knife Owners’ Protection Act of ...; S.Con.Res. 11: An original concurrent resolution setting ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 of Enzi’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. 500: State Mineral Revenue Protection Act; S. 548: A bill to clarify that ...; S. 549: A bill to clarify that ...; S. 667: Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act ...; S. 1110: National Forest System Trails Stewardship ...; S. 1354: Medicare Patient Access to Hospice ...; S. 2039: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2881: Voluntary Protection Program Act; S. 3140: One Percent Spending Reduction Act ...; S.Res. 114: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 128: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 263: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 575: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Got the 12th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Enzi’s bills and resolutions had 210 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Was 22nd most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Enzi missed 3.4% of votes (17 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Enzi’s Profile »

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


 

Laws Enacted

Enzi introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1110: National Forest System Trails Stewardship ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (15th 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

Enzi introduced 39 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Enzi’s 39 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Enzi 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 Enzi’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Enzi cosponsored 206 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 (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (29th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Enzi supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Enzi 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Enzi cosponsored S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (44th 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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.