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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.

 

Leadership Score

the best score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years the best score out of 47
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Senate Republicans the best score out of 54
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All Senators the best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

the most cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Serving 10+ Years the most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans the most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators the most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

the lowest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years the lowest score (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans the lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators the lowest score (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

4th fewest bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 3rd fewest bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 4th fewest bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

7th least bipartisan among All Senators

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 4th least bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 7th least bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 7th least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

7th fewest bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Working with the House

7th fewest bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

13th most conservative among Serving 10+ Years

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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Serving 10+ Years 13th most conservative out of 47
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Senate Republicans 25th most liberal out of 54
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All Senators 30th most conservative out of 100
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Bills Introduced

16th most bills among Senate Republicans

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 20th most bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 16th most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 33rd most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

15th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 6 others

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 15th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 41st fewest bills (tied w/ 17) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

18th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 24th most bills out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 47th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

35th most bills among All Senators; tied with 6 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McConnell introduced 6 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 21st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 35th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McConnell supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 12 others out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 27 others out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 27 others out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Missed Votes

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years the most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators the most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All

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.

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.