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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2016 Report Card

Senate Majority Leader
Senior Senator from Kentucky
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 1985 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover McConnell’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.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since McConnell is busy being Majority Leader, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

McConnell’s bills and resolutions had 989 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 (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

McConnell held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 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 McConnell’s Profile »

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


 

Cosponsored the 4th fewest bills compared to All Senators

McConnell cosponsored 106 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 (4th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 106 bills that McConnell cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (6th 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 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

2 of McConnell’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. 799: Protecting Our Infants Act of ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution providing for ...

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of McConnell’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. 799: Protecting Our Infants Act of ...; S. 2459: Federal Prisons Accountability Act of ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McConnell introduced 6 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 625: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; S. 799: Protecting Our Infants Act of ...; S. 1035: A bill to extend authority ...; S. 1357: A bill to extend authority ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution providing for ...; S.J.Res. 29: Authorization for Use of Military ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 McConnell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McConnell supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave McConnell 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Bills Introduced

McConnell introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

McConnell introduced 2 bills 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. 625: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; S. 799: Protecting Our Infants Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (40th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

McConnell tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13 of McConnell’s 48 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McConnell missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View McConnell’s Profile »

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