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2014 Report Cards: All Senators

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.

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#1 7 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#2 6 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#4 5 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#5 4 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#5 4 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#5 4 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#8 3 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#8 3 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#8 3 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#8 3 Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin [D-IA, 1985-2014]
#8 3 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#8 3 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#8 3 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#8 3 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#8 3 Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK, 2009-2014]
#8 3 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#18 2 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#18 2 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#18 2 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#18 2 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#18 2 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#18 2 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#18 2 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#18 2 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#18 2 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#18 2 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#18 2 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#18 2 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#18 2 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#18 2 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#18 2 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#18 2 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#18 2 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#18 2 Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller [D-WV, 1985-2014]
#18 2 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#37 1 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#37 1 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#37 1 Sen. Mark Udall [D-CO, 2009-2014]
#37 1 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#37 1 Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH, 2011-2016]
#37 1 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#37 1 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#37 1 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#37 1 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#37 1 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#37 1 Sen. Tim Johnson [D-SD, 1997-2014]
#37 1 Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]
#37 1 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#37 1 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#37 1 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#37 1 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#37 1 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#37 1 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#37 1 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#37 1 Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]
#37 1 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#37 1 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#37 1 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#37 1 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#37 1 Sen. Mike Johanns [R-NE, 2009-2014]
#37 1 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#37 1 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#37 1 Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#37 1 Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK, 2005-2014]
#37 1 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#37 1 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#37 1 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#69 0 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#69 0 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#69 0 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#69 0 Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R-GA, 2003-2014]
#69 0 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#69 0 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#69 0 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#69 0 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#69 0 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#69 0 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#69 0 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#69 0 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#69 0 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#69 0 Sen. Kay Hagan [D-NC, 2009-2014]
#69 0 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#69 0 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#69 0 Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014]
#69 0 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#69 0 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#69 0 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#69 0 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#69 0 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#69 0 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#69 0 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#69 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#69 0 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#69 0 Sen. John Walsh [D-MT, 2014-2014]
#69 0 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#69 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#69 0 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#69 0 Sen. Mark Pryor [D-AR, 2003-2014]
#69 0 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
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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.

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.