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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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Missed Votes

The percentage of votes each legislator missed in 2017.

All Senators
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]
#4 11.1% Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#5 7.7% Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#6 4.3% Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#6 4.3% Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#8 4.0% Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#8 4.0% Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#8 4.0% Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#8 4.0% Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#8 4.0% Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#13 3.4% Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#14 3.4% Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#14 3.4% Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#14 3.4% Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#14 3.4% Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#18 3.1% Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#18 3.1% Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#18 3.1% Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#18 3.1% Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#22 2.8% Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#23 2.5% Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#23 2.5% Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#23 2.5% Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#23 2.5% Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#23 2.5% Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#28 2.2% Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#28 2.2% Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#30 1.8% Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#31 1.5% Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#31 1.5% Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#31 1.5% Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#34 1.2% Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#34 1.2% Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#34 1.2% Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#34 1.2% Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#34 1.2% Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#34 1.2% Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#34 1.2% Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#34 1.2% Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#34 1.2% Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#34 1.2% Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#34 1.2% Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#34 1.2% Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#34 1.2% Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#34 1.2% Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#48 0.9% Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#48 0.9% Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#48 0.9% Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#48 0.9% Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#48 0.9% Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#48 0.9% Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#54 0.6% Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#54 0.6% Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#54 0.6% Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#54 0.6% Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#54 0.6% Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#59 0.3% Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#59 0.3% Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#59 0.3% Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#59 0.3% Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#59 0.3% Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#59 0.3% Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#59 0.3% Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#59 0.3% Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#59 0.3% Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#59 0.3% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#59 0.3% Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#59 0.3% Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#59 0.3% Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#59 0.3% Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#59 0.3% Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#59 0.3% Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#59 0.3% Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#59 0.3% Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#59 0.3% Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#78 0.0% Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#78 0.0% Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#78 0.0% Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#78 0.0% Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#78 0.0% Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#78 0.0% Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#78 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#78 0.0% Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#78 0.0% Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#78 0.0% Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#78 0.0% Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#78 0.0% Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#78 0.0% Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#78 0.0% Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#78 0.0% Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#78 0.0% Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#78 0.0% Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#78 0.0% Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#78 0.0% Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#78 0.0% Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#78 0.0% Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#78 0.0% Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#78 0.0% Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
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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.