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Sen. Mike Lee’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Utah
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Lee’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 Lee’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the lowest % of bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Lee tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7% of Lee’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (3rd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 156 bills that Lee cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom follower compared to Senate Sophomores

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Lee’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. 293: Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act ...; S. 886: District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn ...; S. 2119: Head Start Improvement Act of ...; S. 2617: Davis-Bacon Repeal Act; S. 2748: Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act; S.Res. 133: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 16th 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Lee cosponsored 156 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 Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lee introduced 0 bills 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.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Committee Positions

Lee 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 Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lee missed 3.5% of votes (23 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (62nd percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Lee introduced 28 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 153 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 Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Lee’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. 886: District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn ...; S. 988: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1479: Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of ...; S. 2127: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 2617: Davis-Bacon Repeal Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Lee cosponsored S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (35th 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.