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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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Bills Out of Committee

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.

Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs
most often
#1 30 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#12 10 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#12 10 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#12 10 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#15 9 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#15 9 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#17 8 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#17 8 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#17 8 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#2 20 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#20 7 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#21 6 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#21 6 Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]
#23 4 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#23 4 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#25 3 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#25 3 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#27 2 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#27 2 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#27 2 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#27 2 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#27 2 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#27 2 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#3 16 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#33 1 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#33 1 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#33 1 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#33 1 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#37 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#37 0 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#37 0 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#37 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#37 0 Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#4 14 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#5 13 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#6 12 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#6 12 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#8 11 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#8 11 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#8 11 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#8 11 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
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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.

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.