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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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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.

Senate Republicans
most often
#1 21 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#10 6 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#10 6 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#10 6 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#10 6 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#10 6 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#15 5 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#15 5 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#15 5 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#15 5 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#19 4 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#19 4 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#2 12 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#2 12 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#21 3 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#21 3 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#21 3 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#21 3 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#21 3 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#21 3 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#21 3 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#28 2 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#28 2 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#28 2 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#28 2 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#28 2 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#28 2 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#28 2 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#28 2 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#28 2 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#28 2 Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#38 1 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#38 1 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#38 1 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#38 1 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#38 1 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#38 1 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#38 1 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#38 1 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#4 11 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#46 0 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#46 0 Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#46 0 Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#46 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#46 0 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#46 0 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#46 0 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#5 10 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#5 10 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#7 9 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#8 8 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#9 7 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
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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.