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2015 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (Senate) / Bills Cosponsored

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in 2015.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most bills
#1 301 Sen. Franken [D-MN]
#2 268 Sen. Durbin [D-IL]
#3 267 Sen. Brown [D-OH]
#4 258 Sen. Klobuchar [D-MN]
#5 257 Sen. Schumer [D-NY]
#6 256 Sen. Coons [D-DE]
#7 250 Sen. Shaheen [D-NH]
#8 243 Sen. Boxer [D-CA]
#9 240 Sen. Whitehouse [D-RI]
#10 227 Sen. Merkley [D-OR]
#11 226 Sen. Feinstein [D-CA]
#12 218 Sen. Collins [R-ME]
#13 209 Sen. Stabenow [D-MI]
#14 203 Sen. Murray [D-WA]
#15 194 Sen. Cardin [D-MD]
#16 189 Sen. Mikulski [D-MD]
#17 184 Sen. Casey [D-PA]
#18 180 Sen. Isakson [R-GA]
#18 180 Sen. Roberts [R-KS]
#20 178 Sen. Tester [D-MT]
#21 177 Sen. Menendez [D-NJ]
#21 177 Sen. Udall [D-NM]
#23 175 Sen. Leahy [D-VT]
#24 173 Sen. Wyden [D-OR]
#25 171 Sen. Wicker [R-MS]
#26 169 Sen. Vitter [R-LA]
#27 165 Sen. Grassley [R-IA]
#28 164 Sen. Crapo [R-ID]
#28 164 Sen. Inhofe [R-OK]
#30 161 Sen. Cantwell [D-WA]
#31 159 Sen. Risch [R-ID]
#32 156 Sen. Reed [D-RI]
#33 152 Sen. Murkowski [R-AK]
#34 151 Sen. Sanders [I-VT]
#34 151 Sen. Warner [D-VA]
#36 150 Sen. Cornyn [R-TX]
#37 146 Sen. Hatch [R-UT]
#38 141 Sen. McCaskill [D-MO]
#39 138 Sen. Enzi [R-WY]
#40 137 Sen. Thune [R-SD]
#41 136 Sen. Cochran [R-MS]
#42 134 Sen. McCain [R-AZ]
#43 124 Sen. Barrasso [R-WY]
#44 122 Sen. Burr [R-NC]
#45 118 Sen. Nelson [D-FL]
#46 112 Sen. Graham [R-SC]
#47 102 Sen. Sessions [R-AL]
#48 99 Sen. Alexander [R-TN]
#49 97 Sen. Coats [R-IN]
#50 96 Sen. Carper [D-DE]
#51 94 Sen. Reid [D-NV]
#52 69 Sen. McConnell [R-KY]
#53 53 Sen. Corker [R-TN]
#54 49 Sen. Shelby [R-AL]
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Additional Notes

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.