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Sen. Michael Enzi’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Enzi’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to All Senators

Of the 100 bills that Enzi cosponsored, 9% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Got the 7th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Enzi’s bills and resolutions had 90 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most conservative 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 7 others)

1 of Enzi’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 735: State, Tribal, and Local Species ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

Enzi tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 6 of Enzi’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 18th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Enzi cosponsored 100 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 (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Enzi supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Enzi 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Enzi cosponsored S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Enzi introduced 21 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 70: A bill to designate the ...; S. 270: Pension and Budget Integrity Act ...; S. 736: Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act ...; S. 1267: State Mineral Revenue Protection Act; S. 1878: Voluntary Protection Program Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Enzi introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 1: An original bill to provide ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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.


 

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Enzi missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Enzi’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Enzi introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1: An original bill to provide ...; S.Res. 89: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 225: A resolution designating July 22, ...; S.Res. 274: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Con.Res. 3: A concurrent resolution setting forth ...; S.Con.Res. 25: An original concurrent resolution setting ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (55th 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 2017) 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.