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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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Joining Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills cosponsored by each legislator which were introduced by a member of the other party.

Senate Democrats
most bipartisan
#1 47.9% Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#2 37.5% Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#3 37.1% Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#4 36.6% Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#5 34.2% Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#6 29.4% Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#7 28.6% Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#8 28.3% Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#9 27.8% Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC, 2009-2014]
#10 27.2% Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#11 26.6% Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#12 26.3% Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#13 25.5% Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#14 25.2% Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#15 24.6% Sen. John Walsh [D-MT, 2014-2014]
#16 24.4% Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#17 24.0% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#18 23.7% Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#19 22.3% Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#20 20.5% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#20 20.5% Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#22 20.4% Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO, 2009-2014]
#23 19.9% Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#24 18.7% Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#25 18.5% Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#26 18.4% Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#27 18.3% Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#28 18.1% Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#29 18.0% Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#30 17.7% Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#31 17.7% Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#32 17.6% Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#33 17.6% Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#34 17.5% Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#35 17.5% Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#36 17.4% Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#37 16.7% Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#38 16.4% Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#39 16.4% Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#40 16.1% Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#40 16.1% Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#42 16.0% Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#43 15.8% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#44 15.6% Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#44 15.6% Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN]
#46 15.3% Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#47 14.7% Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#48 14.5% Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#49 14.3% Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#50 14.2% Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#51 14.0% Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#52 13.8% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#53 11.8% Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
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Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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.