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Sen. Mike Lee’s 2020 Report Card

Senior Senator from Utah
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2029


These statistics cover Lee’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 4th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Lee’s 65 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lee caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lee introduced 6 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 49: A bill to designate the …; S. 685: Inspector General Access Act of …; S. 764: ARTICLE ONE Act; S. 1626: Government Spectrum Valuation Act of …; S. 4065: Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of …; S. 4902: A bill to designate the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 12th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Lee cosponsored 152 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 (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Ranked 12th most politically left compared to Senate Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Held the 10th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Lee held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Lee introduced 65 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 25th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 190: Protecting Life in Global Health …; S. 278: CBO Show Your Work Act; S. 685: Inspector General Access Act of …; S. 764: ARTICLE ONE Act; S. 934: Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act; S. 985: Allied Burden Sharing Report Act …; S. 2339: Higher Education Reform and Opportunity …; S. 3138: Parental Accessibility Rights for Emergency …; S. 3259: Protecting Life in Foreign Assistance …; S.Res. 137: A resolution expressing the sense …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Lee introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 49: A bill to designate the …; S. 4902: A bill to designate the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Lee’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 190: Protecting Life in Global Health …; S. 685: Inspector General Access Act of …; S. 764: ARTICLE ONE Act; S. 1043: Working Families Flexibility Act of …; S. 1702: Due Process Guarantee Act; S. 4590: NEPA Agency Process Accountability Act …; S. 4619: NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act …; S.Res. 20: A resolution expressing the sense …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 152 bills that Lee cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Lee’s bills and resolutions had 364 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (57th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lee’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Lee missed 1.8% of votes (13 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lee’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.