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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover McConnell’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Senate Party Leaders

0 of McConnell’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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.

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


 

Got bicameral support on the fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

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. 32: Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument ...; S. 2251: AGED Spirits Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Got the fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

McConnell’s bills and resolutions had 44 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).


 

Ranked the bottom/follower compared to Senate Party Leaders

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from McConnell’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Held the fewest committee positions compared to Senate Party Leaders (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 Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Senate Party Leaders

Of the 41 bills that McConnell cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. McConnell introduced 23 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 28: United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension ...; S. 32: Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument ...; S.Res. 1: A resolution informing the President ...; S.Res. 2: A resolution informing the House ...; S.Res. 3: A resolution to elect Chuck ...; S.Res. 4: A resolution notifying the President ...; S.Res. 5: A resolution notifying the House ...; S.Res. 6: A resolution fixing the hour ...; S.Res. 7: A resolution to make effective ...; S.Res. 8: A resolution to make effective ...; S.Res. 12: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.Res. 107: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 139: A resolution to authorize the ...; S.Res. 151: A resolution to authorize testimony, ...; S.Res. 172: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 192: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 240: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 368: A resolution to authorize the ...; S.Res. 384: A resolution to authorize testimony ...; S.Res. 455: A resolution to authorize representation ...; S.Res. 459: A resolution to constitute the ...; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution recognizing the ...; S.J.Res. 59: A joint resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 11 of McConnell’s 29 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party McConnell caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 3rd fewest laws compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 2 others)

McConnell introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 32: Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (20th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

McConnell introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

McConnell missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View McConnell’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (0th percentile); 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 2019) 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.