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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover McConnell’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 was busy being Senate 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 38 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2667: Hemp Farming Act of 2018; S. 3800: A bill to designate the ...; 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.Res. 369: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 379: A resolution to authorize the ...; S.Res. 406: A resolution to authorize representation ...; S.Res. 456: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 457: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 465: A resolution electing Michael C. ...; S.Res. 466: A resolution notifying the President ...; S.Res. 467: A resolution notifying the House ...; S.Res. 500: A resolution to authorize representation ...; S.Res. 509: A resolution providing for members ...; S.Res. 519: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 536: A resolution to authorize document ...; S.Res. 604: A resolution to authorize document ...; S.Res. 623: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 628: A resolution to authorize document ...; S.Res. 685: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 700: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 706: A resolution to authorize representation ...; 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 (96th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to All Senators

McConnell cosponsored 71 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 (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

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

Of the 71 bills that McConnell cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th 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.


 

Wrote the 5th fewest laws compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

McConnell introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 2667: Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (6th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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; S. 2667: Hemp Farming Act of 2018; S. 2730: CAREER Act; S. 3287: Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

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


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

McConnell’s bills and resolutions had 323 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

2 of McConnell’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 176: A resolution commemorating the 50th ...; S.J.Res. 10: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Ranked the 15th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McConnell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

McConnell introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of McConnell’s 48 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McConnell caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (57th 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 115th 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 (26th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McConnell missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View McConnell’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether McConnell supported any of 14 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).


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 115th Congress) 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.