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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover McConnell’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

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).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McConnell introduced 18 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 1: A resolution informing the President ...; S.Res. 2: A resolution informing the House ...; S.Res. 3: A resolution fixing the hour ...; S.Res. 7: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 16: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 57: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 176: A resolution commemorating the 50th ...; S.Res. 178: A resolution to authorize testimony, ...; S.Res. 184: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 237: A resolution to authorize the ...; S.Res. 244: A resolution to authorize testimony, ...; S.Res. 254: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 302: A resolution authorizing limited still ...; S.Res. 334: A resolution authorizing the taking ...; S.Res. 343: A resolution to authorize testimony, ...; S.Con.Res. 1: A concurrent resolution extending the ...; S.Con.Res. 2: A concurrent resolution to provide ...; S.Con.Res. 24: Providing for a correction in ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to All Senators

McConnell cosponsored 41 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 (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 41 bills that McConnell cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).

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


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

McConnell’s bills and resolutions had 283 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McConnell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th 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. 5 of McConnell’s 24 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Ranked 12th most liberal 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from McConnell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 8 others)

2 of McConnell’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.Res. 176: A resolution commemorating the 50th ...; S.J.Res. 10: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 13th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 728: RECLAIM Act of2017; S. 1824: Appalachian Regional Commission Reform Act

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

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


 

Bills Introduced

McConnell introduced 24 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McConnell supported any of 8 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).


 

Missed Votes

McConnell missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View McConnell’s Profile »

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


 

Laws Enacted

McConnell introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.