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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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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.

Senate Democrats
most bills
#1 27 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#2 22 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#3 19 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#4 17 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#4 17 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#6 16 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#6 16 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#6 16 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#9 14 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#9 14 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#9 14 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#9 14 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#13 13 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#14 12 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#14 12 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#14 12 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#14 12 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#18 11 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#19 10 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#20 9 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#20 9 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#20 9 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#23 8 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#23 8 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#23 8 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#23 8 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#27 7 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#27 7 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#27 7 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#30 6 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#30 6 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#30 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#30 6 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#30 6 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#35 5 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#35 5 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#35 5 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#38 4 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#38 4 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#38 4 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#41 3 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#41 3 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#43 2 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#43 2 Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
#45 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#45 0 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
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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 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.