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2014 Report Cards: Senate Democrats

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015), as of Jan 12, 2015.

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Bills Introduced

The number of bills each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress.

Senate Democrats
most bills
#1 107 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 92 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#3 80 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#4 78 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#5 69 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#5 69 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#7 67 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#7 67 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#9 66 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#10 65 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#11 64 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#12 63 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#12 63 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#14 62 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#15 60 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#16 59 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#16 59 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#18 58 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#19 57 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#20 54 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#20 54 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#20 54 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#23 49 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#24 47 Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO, 2009-2014]
#24 47 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#26 44 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#26 44 Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#28 43 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN]
#29 41 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#30 38 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#31 37 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#31 37 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#31 37 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#34 34 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#35 31 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#35 31 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#37 29 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#38 28 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#39 27 Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC, 2009-2014]
#40 25 Sen. John Walsh [D-MT, 2014-2014]
#40 25 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#40 25 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#43 24 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#44 23 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#45 21 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#45 21 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#47 18 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#48 16 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#49 15 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#49 15 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#51 14 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#52 9 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#52 9 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
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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.