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2016 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (Senate) / 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.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most bills
#1 426 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#2 413 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#3 408 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#4 384 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#5 381 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#6 376 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#7 373 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#8 338 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#9 331 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#10 327 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#11 314 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#12 301 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#13 294 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ]
#14 293 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#15 291 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#16 286 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#17 282 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA, 2005-2019]
#18 279 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#19 269 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS, 1997-2020]
#20 266 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#21 263 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#22 258 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#23 257 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#24 248 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT, 1977-2018]
#24 248 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#26 247 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#27 244 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#28 236 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#29 232 Sen. Michael “Mike” Crapo [R-ID]
#30 229 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#31 215 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#31 215 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL, 2001-2018]
#33 213 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#34 208 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO, 2007-2018]
#35 206 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY, 1997-2020]
#36 204 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#37 202 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#38 185 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#39 179 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#40 170 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#41 160 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#42 152 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#43 150 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN, 2003-2020]
#44 138 Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#45 106 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#46 81 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN, 2007-2018]
#47 74 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
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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.