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Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Pennsylvania
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Toomey’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Toomey’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.

 

Cosponsors

3rd fewest cosponsors among Senate Sophomores

Toomey’s bills and resolutions had 130 cosponsors in the 113th 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
Senate Sophomores 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 13 48
412 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 16th fewest cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
All Senators 30th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

4th worst score among Senate Sophomores

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Toomey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores 4th worst score out of 13
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Senate Republicans 18th worst score out of 45
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All Senators 32nd worst score out of 100
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Bills Introduced

6th most bills among Senate Republicans

Toomey introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 3rd most bills out of 13 7
63 bills View All
Senate Republicans 6th most bills out of 45 7
85 bills View All
All Senators 32nd most bills out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

7th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 6 others

Toomey introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th 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. 229: Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act ...; S. 1779: Community Fire Safety Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
5 laws View All
Senate Republicans 7th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
6 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Working with the House

15th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Toomey’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. 1128: Preserving Access to Orphan Drugs ...; S. 1684: Servicemembers Transition Improvement Act of ...; S. 1779: Community Fire Safety Act of ...; S. 2309: Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection ...; S. 2671: Honor Flight Act; S. 2834: Protect Veterans Employment and Training ...; S.Res. 63: A resolution encouraging the Navy ...; S.Res. 109: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 599: A resolution recognizing the 100-year ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 6th most bills out of 13 1
17 bills View All
Senate Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
All Senators 44th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

19th fewest bills among All Senators

Toomey cosponsored 159 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
Senate Sophomores 4th fewest bills out of 13 121
398 bills View All
Senate Republicans 13th fewest bills out of 45 51
337 bills View All
All Senators 19th fewest bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

22nd most bipartisan among All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 159 bills that Toomey cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores 6th least bipartisan out of 13 16
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st most bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

17th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 12 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Toomey introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 333: A resolution strongly recommending that ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 45 0
15 bills View All
All Senators 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

31st most conservative among All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Toomey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores 7th most liberal out of 13
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Senate Republicans 15th most liberal out of 45
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All Senators 31st most conservative out of 100
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Missed Votes

32nd most absent among All Senators; tied with 2 others

Toomey missed 3.3% of votes (22 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Toomey’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores 6th most absent out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
All Senators 32nd most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

33rd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 11 others

3 of Toomey’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 46: Ensuring the Full Faith and ...; S. 1193: Data Security and Breach Notification ...; S.Res. 333: A resolution strongly recommending that ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 6th fewest bills out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Republicans 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

39th lowest % of bills among All Senators

Toomey tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 28% of Toomey’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Sophomores 6th lowest % of bills out of 12 7
56% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 16th highest % of bills out of 37 5
61% of bills View All
All Senators 39th lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Committee Positions

Toomey held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Toomey’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores 2nd lowest score (tied w/ 9) out of 13 1
3 points View All
Senate Republicans 6th lowest score (tied w/ 14) out of 45 0
8 points View All
All Senators 20th lowest score (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Toomey supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Toomey 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores least supportive along with 5 others out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 26 others out of 45 0
5 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 34 others out of 100 0
8 points 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 113th Congress) 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.