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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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Committee Positions

A score, giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position, for each legislator.

All Senators
most committee positions
#1 16 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#2 12 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#3 10 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#3 10 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#5 8 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#6 7 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#6 7 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#6 7 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#6 7 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#6 7 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#6 7 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#12 6 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#12 6 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#12 6 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#12 6 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#12 6 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#12 6 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#12 6 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#12 6 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#12 6 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#12 6 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#12 6 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#12 6 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#12 6 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#12 6 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#12 6 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#12 6 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#12 6 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#12 6 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#12 6 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#12 6 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#12 6 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#12 6 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#34 5 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#34 5 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#34 5 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#34 5 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#34 5 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#34 5 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#34 5 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#34 5 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#42 3 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#42 3 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#42 3 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#42 3 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#42 3 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#47 2 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#47 2 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#47 2 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#47 2 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#47 2 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#47 2 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#47 2 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#47 2 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#47 2 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#47 2 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#47 2 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#47 2 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#47 2 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#47 2 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#47 2 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#47 2 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#47 2 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#47 2 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#47 2 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#47 2 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#47 2 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#47 2 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#47 2 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#47 2 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#47 2 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#47 2 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#47 2 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#47 2 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#47 2 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#47 2 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#47 2 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#47 2 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#47 2 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#47 2 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#81 1 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#81 1 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#81 1 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#81 1 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#81 1 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#81 1 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#81 1 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#81 1 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#81 1 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#81 1 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#81 1 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#81 1 Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#93 0 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#93 0 Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#93 0 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#93 0 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#93 0 Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
#93 0 Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#93 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#93 0 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
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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.