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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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Committee Positions

A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.

Senate Democrats
highest score
#1 16 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#2 11 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#2 11 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#4 7 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#5 6 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#5 6 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#5 6 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#5 6 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#5 6 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#5 6 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#5 6 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#5 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#5 6 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#5 6 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#5 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#5 6 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#5 6 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#5 6 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#5 6 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#5 6 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#21 3 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#21 3 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#21 3 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#24 2 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#24 2 Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#24 2 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#24 2 Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO, 2009-2014]
#24 2 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#24 2 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#24 2 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#24 2 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#24 2 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#24 2 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#24 2 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#24 2 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#24 2 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#24 2 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#24 2 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#24 2 Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC, 2009-2014]
#24 2 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN]
#41 1 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#41 1 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#41 1 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#41 1 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#41 1 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#41 1 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#41 1 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#48 0 Sen. John Walsh [D-MT, 2014-2014]
#48 0 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#48 0 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#48 0 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#48 0 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#48 0 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
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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.