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Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Toomey’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 5th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Toomey cosponsored 127 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 Republicans (6th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Toomey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

3 of Toomey’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 479: PACT Act; S. 692: Protect Medical Innovation Act of ...; S. 1508: Thin Blue Line Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Toomey introduced 6 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 134: Combat Online Predators Act; S. 479: PACT Act; S. 3798: Hong Kong Autonomy Act; S. 3989: United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments ...; S.Res. 33: A resolution supporting the contributions ...; S.Res. 267: A resolution recognizing the September ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 134: Combat Online Predators Act; S. 287: Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act ...; S. 400: Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act; S. 479: PACT Act; S. 692: Protect Medical Innovation Act of ...; S. 733: Consumer Financial Choice and Capital ...; S. 803: Restoring Investment in Improvements Act; S. 1508: Thin Blue Line Act; S. 1644: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act; S. 2264: Eric’s Law; S. 3134: A bill to add Ireland ...; S. 3989: United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments ...; S. 4135: HEAL Act; S. 4702: IMPROVE Addiction Care Act; S. 4949: Supporting Best Practices for Healthy ...; S.Res. 804: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (55th 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

Toomey’s bills and resolutions had 423 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Senate Republicans (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 24th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Toomey introduced 37 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Toomey introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 134: Combat Online Predators Act; S. 479: PACT Act; S. 3798: Hong Kong Autonomy Act; S. 3989: United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (57th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 22 of Toomey’s 37 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Toomey caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward 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. View Toomey’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 127 bills that Toomey cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).

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


 

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Toomey’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Toomey missed 4.4% of votes (32 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Toomey’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.