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2016 Report Cards
Senate Democrats / Bills Cosponsored

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017), as of Aug 24, 2017.

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 the 114th Congress.

Senate Democrats
most bills
#1 479 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#2 457 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#3 452 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#4 429 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#5 427 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#6 426 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#7 423 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#8 413 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#9 408 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#10 384 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#11 381 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#12 380 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#13 376 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#14 373 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#15 372 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#16 368 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#17 359 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#18 338 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#19 333 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#20 332 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#21 331 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#22 327 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#23 318 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#24 314 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#25 309 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#26 301 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#27 300 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#28 294 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ]
#29 293 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#30 291 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#31 286 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#32 279 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#33 261 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#34 257 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#35 247 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND, 2013-2018]
#36 229 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#37 225 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#38 221 Sen. Timothy “Tim” Kaine [D-VA]
#39 215 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL, 2001-2018]
#40 208 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO, 2007-2018]
#41 196 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#42 189 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN, 2013-2018]
#43 179 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#44 152 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
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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 114th Congress) 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.