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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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Working with the Other Chamber

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in the 113th Congress that had a companion bill in the other chamber. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Senate Democrats
most bills
#1 32 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#11 15 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#12 14 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#12 14 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#12 14 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#12 14 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#16 13 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#16 13 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#16 13 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#19 12 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#19 12 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#19 12 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#19 12 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#19 12 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#2 25 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#24 11 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#24 11 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#26 10 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#26 10 Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#26 10 Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO, 2009-2014]
#29 9 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#29 9 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#29 9 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#3 20 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#3 20 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#32 8 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#33 7 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#33 7 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#33 7 Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC, 2009-2014]
#33 7 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#37 6 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#37 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#39 5 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#39 5 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#39 5 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#39 5 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#43 4 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#43 4 Sen. John Walsh [D-MT, 2014-2014]
#43 4 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#43 4 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#47 3 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#47 3 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#49 2 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#5 19 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#5 19 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#50 1 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#50 1 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#52 0 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#52 0 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#7 18 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#8 17 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#8 17 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#8 17 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
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Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

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 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.