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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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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the percent of bills introduced by each legislator in 2015 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

All Senators
highest % of bills
#1 70.6% Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#10 50.0% Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#10 50.0% Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#12 47.8% Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#13 46.0% Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#14 45.7% Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]
#15 44.0% Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#15 44.0% Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#15 44.0% Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#18 43.8% Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#18 43.8% Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#2 63.6% Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#20 42.9% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#20 42.9% Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#20 42.9% Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#23 40.0% Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#23 40.0% Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH, 2011-2016]
#25 39.4% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#26 38.5% Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#26 38.5% Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#26 38.5% Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#29 38.3% Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#3 61.5% Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#30 37.7% Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#31 36.7% Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#32 34.8% Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#33 34.5% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#34 34.1% Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#35 33.3% Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#36 32.3% Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#37 31.5% Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#38 31.3% Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#38 31.3% Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#4 58.8% Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#40 31.0% Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#41 30.8% Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#42 30.6% Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#43 30.4% Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#44 30.0% Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#45 28.6% Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#45 28.6% Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#45 28.6% Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#48 27.3% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#48 27.3% Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#48 27.3% Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#5 56.5% Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#51 26.9% Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#52 26.7% Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#53 26.1% Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#53 26.1% Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#55 25.7% Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#56 25.4% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#57 25.0% Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#57 25.0% Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#57 25.0% Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#6 54.5% Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#6 54.5% Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#60 24.0% Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#61 23.1% Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#62 21.7% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#63 21.5% Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#64 21.4% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#65 20.0% Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#65 20.0% Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#67 19.4% Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#68 18.2% Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#69 17.6% Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#70 17.1% Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#71 16.7% Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#72 15.8% Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#73 15.4% Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#73 15.4% Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#75 14.8% Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#76 14.8% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#77 13.3% Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#78 13.0% Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#79 12.8% Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#8 51.8% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#80 12.5% Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#80 12.5% Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#82 12.0% Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#83 9.5% Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#84 8.7% Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#85 6.7% Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#86 5.9% Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#87 0.0% Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#9 51.6% Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
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Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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.