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Sen. Rand Paul’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Paul’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 Paul’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.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

Paul cosponsored 121 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 the fewest bills out of 13 121
398 bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd fewest bills out of 45 51
337 bills View All
All Senators 6th fewest bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

2nd most bills among Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Paul introduced 12 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 81: Default Prevention Act; S. 82: Separation of Powers Restoration and ...; S. 83: Government Shutdown Prevention Act of ...; S. 164: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 201: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 204: A bill to preserve and ...; S. 209: A bill to require a ...; S. 558: Accountability in Grants Act of ...; S. 583: A bill to implement equal ...; S. 1004: Anti-Trust Freedom Act of 2013; S. 1121: Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of ...; S. 2062: Constitutional Check and Balance Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills out of 13 0
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 45 0
15 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

2nd most supportive among Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Paul supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Paul 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Sponsored: S. 1665: Read the Bills Act

Cosponsored: S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores 2nd most supportive out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most supportive out of 45 0
5 points View All
All Senators 6th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

2nd most bills among Senate Republicans

Paul introduced 50 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd most bills out of 13 7
63 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 45 7
85 bills View All
All Senators 25th most bills out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

4th lowest % of bills among All Senators

Paul tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 8% of Paul’s 50 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 2nd lowest % of bills out of 12 7
56% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 3rd lowest % of bills out of 37 5
61% of bills View All
All Senators 4th 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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

4th least bipartisan among Senate Republicans

Of the 121 bills that Paul cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores 3rd least bipartisan out of 13 16
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th least bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
All Senators 45th least 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.

 

Leadership Score

5th 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 Paul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores 5th worst score out of 13
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Senate Republicans 20th worst score out of 45
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All Senators 34th worst score out of 100
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Missed Votes

6th most voting among Senate Sophomores

Paul missed 2.7% of votes (18 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Paul’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores 6th most voting out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
All Senators 40th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Working with the House

17th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Paul’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. 530: A bill to make participation ...; S. 619: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; S. 1664: One Subject at a Time ...; S. 1731: Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act; S. 2550: Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act ...; S. 2567: Record Expungement Designed to Enhance ...; S. 2644: FAIR Act; S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution proposing an ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 7th fewest bills out of 13 1
17 bills View All
Senate Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
All Senators 48th fewest 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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

20th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 12 others

2 of Paul’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. 619: Justice Safety Valve Act of ...; S. 890: Defense of Environment and Property ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Republicans 11th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
All Senators 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

28th 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 Paul’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores 6th most conservative out of 13
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Senate Republicans 18th most liberal out of 45
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All Senators 28th most conservative out of 100
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Cosponsors

39th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

Paul’s bills and resolutions had 171 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 6th fewest cosponsors out of 13 48
412 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 22nd fewest cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
All Senators 39th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Committee Positions

Paul 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 Paul’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
 

Laws Enacted

Paul introduced 0 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
5 laws View All
Senate Republicans fewest bills along with 13 others out of 45 0
6 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 31 others 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.

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.