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2014 Report Cards: Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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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Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced 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.

Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most bills
#1 7 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 6 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#4 4 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#4 4 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#6 3 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#6 3 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#6 3 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#6 3 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS]
#6 3 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#11 2 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#11 2 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#11 2 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#11 2 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#11 2 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#11 2 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#11 2 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#11 2 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#11 2 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#11 2 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#11 2 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#11 2 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#23 1 Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]
#23 1 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#23 1 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#23 1 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#23 1 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#23 1 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#23 1 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#23 1 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#23 1 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#32 0 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#32 0 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#32 0 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#32 0 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#32 0 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#32 0 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#32 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#32 0 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#32 0 Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#32 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
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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.