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2017 Report Cards: Senate Republicans

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 Introduced

The number of bills each legislator introduced in 2017.

Senate Republicans
most bills
#1 66 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#2 64 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#3 57 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#4 50 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#5 49 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#6 46 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#6 46 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#8 45 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#9 38 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#9 38 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#11 36 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#12 33 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#13 32 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#14 31 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#14 31 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#16 30 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#16 30 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#18 29 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#18 29 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#20 28 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#21 26 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#22 25 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#23 24 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#23 24 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#23 24 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#23 24 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#27 23 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#27 23 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#29 22 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#30 21 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#30 21 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#32 20 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#33 19 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#34 17 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#34 17 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#36 16 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#36 16 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#38 15 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#38 15 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#38 15 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#38 15 Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#42 13 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#42 13 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#44 12 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#45 11 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#45 11 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#47 9 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#48 7 Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#49 6 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#50 4 Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#51 3 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#52 2 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
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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.