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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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Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in 2017.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most absent
#1 24.9% Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#2 16.0% Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#3 13.2% Sen. John McCain [R-AZ, 1987-2018]
#4 11.1% Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#5 7.7% Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#6 4.3% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#7 4.0% Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#7 4.0% Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#9 3.1% Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#9 3.1% Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#11 2.5% Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#11 2.5% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#11 2.5% Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#14 1.5% Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#14 1.5% Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#16 1.2% Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#16 1.2% Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#16 1.2% Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#16 1.2% Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#16 1.2% Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#21 0.9% Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#21 0.9% Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#21 0.9% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#24 0.6% Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#25 0.3% Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#25 0.3% Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#25 0.3% Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#25 0.3% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#25 0.3% Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#25 0.3% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#31 0.0% Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#31 0.0% Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#31 0.0% Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#31 0.0% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#31 0.0% Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#31 0.0% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#31 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#31 0.0% Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#31 0.0% Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#31 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#31 0.0% Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
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The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

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.