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Sen. Mike Lee’s 2015 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Lee’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to All Senators

Of the 119 bills that Lee cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

9 of Lee’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 233: Working Families Flexibility Act of ...; S. 356: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments ...; S. 502: Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015; S. 618: Inspector General Access Act of ...; S. 1123: Uniting and Strengthening America by ...; S. 1785: Davis-Bacon Repeal Act; S. 2102: A bill to amend the ...; S.Res. 312: A resolution designating the week ...; S.J.Res. 2: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 272 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

Lee tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 17% of Lee’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 9th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Was 10th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Lee missed 5.9% of votes (20 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th top leader compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 20th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Lee cosponsored 119 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 Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1518: Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (9th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

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 Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 356: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments ...; S. 361: Disposal of Excess Federal Lands ...; S. 618: Inspector General Access Act of ...; S. 649: Higher Education Reform and Opportunity ...; S. 1123: Uniting and Strengthening America by ...; S. 1598: First Amendment Defense Act; S. 2004: A bill to amend section ...; S. 2102: A bill to amend the ...; S.Con.Res. 25: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Lee introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1123: Uniting and Strengthening America by ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (59th 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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Lee supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Lee 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Bills Introduced

Lee introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (41st 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 2015) 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.