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2017 Report Cards: All Senators

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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Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. This is the number of bills introduced by each legislator in 2017 which had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor.

All Senators
most bills
#1 37 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#2 27 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#3 24 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#4 22 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#5 19 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#5 19 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#5 19 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#5 19 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#9 18 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#10 17 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#10 17 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#10 17 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#10 17 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#14 16 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#14 16 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#14 16 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#17 14 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#17 14 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#17 14 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#17 14 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#17 14 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#17 14 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#23 13 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#23 13 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#23 13 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#23 13 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#27 12 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#27 12 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#27 12 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#27 12 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#31 11 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#31 11 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#31 11 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#34 10 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#35 9 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#35 9 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#35 9 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#35 9 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#35 9 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#35 9 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#35 9 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#35 9 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#35 9 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#35 9 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#45 8 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#45 8 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#45 8 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#45 8 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#45 8 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#45 8 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#45 8 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#45 8 Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#45 8 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#54 7 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#54 7 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#54 7 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#54 7 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#54 7 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#54 7 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#54 7 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#54 7 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#62 6 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#62 6 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#62 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#62 6 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#62 6 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#62 6 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#62 6 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#62 6 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#62 6 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#71 5 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#71 5 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#71 5 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#71 5 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#71 5 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#71 5 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#71 5 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#71 5 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#79 4 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#79 4 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#79 4 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#79 4 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#79 4 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#84 3 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#84 3 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#84 3 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#84 3 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#88 2 Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
#88 2 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#88 2 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#88 2 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#88 2 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#93 1 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#93 1 Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#95 0 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#95 0 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#95 0 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#95 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#95 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#95 0 Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
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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.