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2015 Report Cards: All Senators

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.

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Working with the Other Chamber

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in 2015 that had a companion bill in the other chamber. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

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#1 30 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 24 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#3 22 Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]
#4 19 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#5 18 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#5 18 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#7 16 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#8 15 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#8 15 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#8 15 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#11 14 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#11 14 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#11 14 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#14 13 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#14 13 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#14 13 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#14 13 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#14 13 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#19 12 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#19 12 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#19 12 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#19 12 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#19 12 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#24 11 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#24 11 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#24 11 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#24 11 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#28 10 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#28 10 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#28 10 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#28 10 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#28 10 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#33 9 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#33 9 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#33 9 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#33 9 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#33 9 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#33 9 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#39 8 Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH, 2011-2016]
#39 8 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#39 8 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#39 8 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#39 8 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#39 8 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#39 8 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#39 8 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#39 8 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#48 7 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#48 7 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#48 7 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#48 7 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#48 7 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#48 7 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#48 7 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#48 7 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#56 6 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#56 6 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#56 6 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#56 6 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#56 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#56 6 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#56 6 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#63 5 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#63 5 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#63 5 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#63 5 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#63 5 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#63 5 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#69 4 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#69 4 Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#69 4 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#69 4 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#69 4 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#69 4 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#69 4 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#69 4 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#69 4 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#69 4 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#79 3 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#79 3 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#79 3 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#79 3 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#79 3 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#84 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#84 2 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#84 2 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#84 2 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#84 2 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#84 2 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#84 2 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#84 2 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#84 2 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#84 2 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#84 2 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#84 2 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#96 1 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#96 1 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#96 1 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#96 1 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#100 0 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
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Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

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 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.