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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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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.

Senate Republicans
most often
#1 61.5% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#2 53.9% Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#3 41.5% Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#4 41.4% Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#5 40.9% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#6 39.6% Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#7 37.8% Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#8 35.6% Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#9 35.5% Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#10 34.1% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#11 31.7% Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#12 31.4% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#13 30.8% Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#14 30.3% Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#15 29.3% Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#16 28.3% Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#17 28.3% Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#18 27.6% Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#19 26.4% Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#20 25.5% Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#21 25.3% Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#22 25.3% Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#23 24.3% Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#24 24.2% Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#25 23.7% Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#26 23.6% Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#27 22.8% Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#28 22.8% Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#29 22.6% Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#30 22.2% Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#31 21.9% Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#32 20.8% Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#33 20.7% Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#34 20.2% Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#35 19.6% Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#36 17.2% Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#37 16.8% Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#38 16.7% Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#39 16.5% Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#40 16.3% Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#41 14.8% Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#42 14.6% Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#43 14.3% Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#43 14.3% Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#45 14.0% Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#46 13.5% Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#47 13.3% Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#48 12.2% Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#49 12.0% Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#50 11.7% Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#51 11.6% Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#52 9.0% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
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Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

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.