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2017 Report Cards: Serving 10+ Years (Senate)

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.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most often
#1 21 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 12 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#2 12 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#4 11 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#5 10 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#5 10 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#7 8 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#7 8 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#9 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#9 6 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#9 6 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#12 5 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#12 5 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#12 5 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#12 5 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#12 5 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#12 5 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#12 5 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#12 5 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#20 3 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#20 3 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#20 3 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#20 3 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#24 2 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#24 2 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#24 2 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#24 2 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#24 2 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#24 2 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#24 2 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#24 2 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#24 2 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#33 1 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#33 1 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#33 1 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#33 1 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#33 1 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#33 1 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#33 1 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#40 0 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#40 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
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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.