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2017 Report Cards: Senate Democrats

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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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.

Senate Democrats
most bills
#1 21 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#2 18 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#3 16 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#4 15 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#4 15 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#6 14 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#6 14 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#8 13 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#8 13 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#8 13 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#8 13 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#8 13 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#13 12 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#14 11 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#14 11 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#16 10 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#16 10 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#16 10 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#16 10 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#16 10 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#21 9 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#22 8 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#22 8 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#22 8 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#22 8 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#22 8 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#22 8 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#28 7 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#28 7 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#28 7 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#31 6 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#31 6 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#33 5 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#33 5 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#33 5 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#33 5 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#33 5 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#33 5 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#33 5 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#40 4 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#40 4 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#40 4 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#43 1 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#43 1 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#45 0 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#45 0 Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
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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 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.