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2016 Report Cards: All Senators

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.

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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 the 114th Congress 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.

All Senators
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#1 40 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 28 Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]
#3 26 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#3 26 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#3 26 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#6 25 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#7 24 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#8 23 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#9 21 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#10 20 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#10 20 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#10 20 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#13 19 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#13 19 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#13 19 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#16 18 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#16 18 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#16 18 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#16 18 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#20 17 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#20 17 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#20 17 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#20 17 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#20 17 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#25 16 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#25 16 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#25 16 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#25 16 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#29 15 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#29 15 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#31 14 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#32 13 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#32 13 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#32 13 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#35 12 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#35 12 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#35 12 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#35 12 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#35 12 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#35 12 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#35 12 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#42 11 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#42 11 Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH, 2011-2016]
#42 11 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#42 11 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#42 11 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#42 11 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#42 11 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#42 11 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#50 10 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#50 10 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#50 10 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#50 10 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#50 10 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#50 10 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#50 10 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#50 10 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#58 9 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#58 9 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#58 9 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#58 9 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#58 9 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#63 8 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#63 8 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#63 8 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#63 8 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#63 8 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#63 8 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#63 8 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#70 7 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#70 7 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#70 7 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#70 7 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#70 7 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#75 6 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#75 6 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#75 6 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#75 6 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#75 6 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#75 6 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#81 5 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#81 5 Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#81 5 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#81 5 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#81 5 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#81 5 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#87 4 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#87 4 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#89 3 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#89 3 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#89 3 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#89 3 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#89 3 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#89 3 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#95 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#95 2 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#95 2 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#95 2 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#99 1 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#99 1 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
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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 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.