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2017 Report Cards

These special year-end statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017), looking at Members who served at the end of that period. This page was last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in 2017.

All Representatives
most bills
#1 805 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#2 621 Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2]
... EXPAND ...
#437 13 Rep. John Curtis [R-UT3]
#438 2 Rep. Paul Ryan [R-WI1]
fewest bills
All Senators
most bills
#1 374 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#2 351 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
... EXPAND ...
#99 35 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#99 35 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
fewest bills
 

Bills Introduced

The number of bills each legislator introduced in 2017.

All Representatives
most bills
#1 65 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#2 48 Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]
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#437 0 Rep. Karen Handel [R-GA6]
#437 0 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
fewest bills
All Senators
most bills
#1 66 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 64 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
... EXPAND ...
#100 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#99 3 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
fewest bills
 

Bills Out of Committee

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration. Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action.

All Representatives
most often
#1 21 Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9]
#2 18 Rep. Joseph “Joe” Crowley [D-NY14]
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All Senators
most often
#1 20 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 18 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
... EXPAND ...
#97 0 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#97 0 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#97 0 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#97 0 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
least often
 

Committee Positions

A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.

All Representatives
most committee positions
#1 16 Rep. Gregg Harper [R-MS3]
#2 10 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
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All Senators
most committee positions
#1 16 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#2 12 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
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Cosponsors

The total number of cosponsors joining the bills written by each legislator in 2017.

All Representatives
most cosponsors
#1 1131 Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3]
#2 1121 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
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#435 0 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
#435 0 Rep. Karen Handel [R-GA6]
#435 0 Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]
#435 0 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
fewest cosponsors
All Senators
most cosponsors
#1 635 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#2 551 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
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#99 2 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#99 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
fewest cosponsors
 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in 2017. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

All Representatives
most often
#1 8 Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1]
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All Senators
most often
#1 7 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#2 6 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
... EXPAND ...
 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress. The score can be interpreted as a conservative—liberal scale, although of course it only takes into account a small aspect of reality.

All Representatives
most conservative
#1 1.00 Rep. Pete Sessions [R-TX32]
#2 0.96 Rep. Brian Babin [R-TX36]
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#437 0.03 Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]
#438 0.00 Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA13]
most liberal
All Senators
most conservative
#1 1.00 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#2 0.99 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
... EXPAND ...
#100 0.00 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#99 0.06 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
most liberal

For more, see our methodology. An ideology score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills or who have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

 

Joining 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 cosponsored by each legislator which were introduced by a member of the other party.

All Representatives
most often
#1 71.2% Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7]
#2 67.0% Rep. Henry Cuellar [D-TX28]
... EXPAND ...
#435 0.0% Rep. Gary Palmer [R-AL6]
#435 0.0% Rep. John Curtis [R-UT3]
#435 0.0% Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
least often
All Senators
most often
#1 66.4% Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#2 63.2% Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
... EXPAND ...
#97 11.6% Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#98 9.0% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
least often

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Laws Enacted

The number of bills each legislator introduced that became law in 2017, including via incorporation into other bills. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

All Representatives
most laws
#1 5 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]
#2 4 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#2 4 Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
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All Senators
most laws
#1 5 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#1 5 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#1 5 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
... EXPAND ...

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.

 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

All Representatives
top leader
#1 1.00 Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3]
#2 1.00 Rep. David “Phil” Roe [R-TN1]
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#437 0.00 Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC4]
#438 0.00 Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA34]
bottom follower
All Senators
top leader
#1 1.00 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 0.95 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
... EXPAND ...
#100 0.00 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#99 0.00 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
bottom follower

For more, see our methodology. A leadership score is not computed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable statistics. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2017 is considered, the leadership scores here may differ from those elsewhere on GovTrack.

 

Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in 2017.

All Representatives
most absent
#1 40.4% Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]
#2 37.9% Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1]
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All Senators
most absent
#1 24.9% Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 16.0% Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
... EXPAND ...

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

The number of bills that each legislator introduced in 2017 that had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

All Representatives
most often
#1 13 Rep. Martha McSally [R-AZ2]
#2 12 Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]
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All Senators
most often
#1 21 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 12 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#2 12 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#2 12 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
... EXPAND ...
 

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 2017 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 Representatives
most bills
#1 16 Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]
#2 10 Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3]
... EXPAND ...
All Senators
most bills
#1 21 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#2 19 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
... EXPAND ...

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

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 2017 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

All Representatives
most bills
#1 21 Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]
#2 20 Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA17]
... EXPAND ...
All Senators
most bills
#1 37 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 27 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
... EXPAND ...

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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.