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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Vermont
Democrat
Serving Jan 14, 1975 – Jan 3, 2023


These special year-end statistics cover Leahy’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Leahy’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the highest % of bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 61% of Leahy’s 28 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (97th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Leahy introduced 9 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 42: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ...; S. 54: Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms ...; S. 607: Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments ...; S. 657: Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act ...; S. 822: Justice for All Reauthorization Act ...; S. 933: Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program ...; S. 1372: Department of State, Foreign Operations, ...; S.Res. 92: A resolution authorizing the expenditures ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 9th most liberal compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Leahy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 6 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Leahy supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Leahy 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Leahy cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Leahy’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 129 bills that Leahy cosponsored, 17% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Leahy’s bills and resolutions had 226 cosponsors in 2013. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Leahy introduced 1 bill that became law in 2013. 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. 47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Leahy held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Leahy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Leahy’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. 517: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...; S. 645: Refugee Protection Act of 2013; S. 1690: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of ...; S.J.Res. 28: A joint resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Leahy missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Leahy’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Leahy introduced 28 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Leahy’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 42: Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of ...; S. 54: Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms ...; S. 517: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Leahy cosponsored 129 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (32nd percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (41st 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.