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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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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in the 114th Congress which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

All Senators
most bills
#1 49 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 36 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#3 31 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#4 29 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#5 28 Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]
#5 28 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#7 27 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#7 27 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#9 26 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#10 25 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#10 25 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#10 25 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#10 25 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#14 23 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#14 23 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#16 21 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#16 21 Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]
#18 20 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#19 18 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#19 18 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#19 18 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#19 18 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#23 17 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#23 17 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#23 17 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#23 17 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#23 17 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#23 17 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#29 16 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#29 16 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#29 16 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#29 16 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#29 16 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#29 16 Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R-NH, 2011-2016]
#29 16 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#36 15 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#36 15 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#36 15 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#36 15 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#40 14 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#40 14 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#40 14 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#40 14 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#40 14 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#40 14 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#40 14 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#47 13 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#47 13 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#49 12 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#49 12 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#49 12 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#52 11 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#52 11 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#52 11 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#52 11 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#52 11 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#52 11 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#52 11 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#59 10 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#59 10 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#59 10 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#59 10 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#63 9 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#63 9 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#65 8 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#65 8 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#65 8 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#65 8 Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]
#65 8 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#65 8 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#71 7 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#71 7 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#71 7 Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-CA, 1993-2016]
#71 7 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#71 7 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#71 7 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#71 7 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#78 6 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#78 6 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#78 6 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#81 5 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#81 5 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#81 5 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#81 5 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#81 5 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#81 5 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#87 4 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#87 4 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#87 4 Sen. Jefferson “Jeff” Sessions [R-AL, 1997-2017]
#87 4 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#87 4 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#92 3 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#92 3 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#92 3 Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV, 1987-2016]
#95 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS]
#96 1 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#96 1 Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]
#96 1 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#96 1 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#100 0 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
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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.