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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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Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether legislators supported any of the government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills that we identified in 2017. We gave a score to each legislator based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

All Senators
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#1 7 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#2 6 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#3 4 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#3 4 Sen. Martin Heinrich [D-NM]
#5 3 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#5 3 Sen. James Lankford [R-OK]
#5 3 Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]
#5 3 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#9 2 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#9 2 Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#9 2 Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX]
#9 2 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#9 2 Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
#9 2 Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
#9 2 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#9 2 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#9 2 Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO]
#9 2 Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#9 2 Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA]
#9 2 Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#9 2 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#9 2 Sen. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH]
#9 2 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#9 2 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#9 2 Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI]
#9 2 Sen. Joe Donnelly [D-IN]
#27 1 Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA]
#27 1 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#27 1 Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
#27 1 Sen. Timothy Kaine [D-VA]
#27 1 Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
#27 1 Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT]
#27 1 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
#27 1 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
#27 1 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#27 1 Sen. Michael Crapo [R-ID]
#27 1 Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]
#27 1 Sen. Dan Sullivan [R-AK]
#27 1 Sen. Christopher Murphy [D-CT]
#27 1 Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
#27 1 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#27 1 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#27 1 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]
#27 1 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
#27 1 Sen. Jeff Flake [R-AZ]
#27 1 Sen. Alan “Al” Franken [D-MN, 2009-2017]
#47 0 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#47 0 Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]
#47 0 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#47 0 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
#47 0 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]
#47 0 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#47 0 Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]
#47 0 Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018]
#47 0 Sen. John Hoeven [R-ND]
#47 0 Sen. Rand Paul [R-KY]
#47 0 Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
#47 0 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
#47 0 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#47 0 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#47 0 Sen. Todd Young [R-IN]
#47 0 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#47 0 Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]
#47 0 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
#47 0 Sen. Luther Strange [R-AL, 2017-2017]
#47 0 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]
#47 0 Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]
#47 0 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#47 0 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#47 0 Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
#47 0 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL]
#47 0 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]
#47 0 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#47 0 Sen. David Perdue [R-GA]
#47 0 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#47 0 Sen. Mike Rounds [R-SD]
#47 0 Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC]
#47 0 Sen. Angus King [I-ME]
#47 0 Sen. Jerry Moran [R-KS]
#47 0 Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]
#47 0 Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV]
#47 0 Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR]
#47 0 Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]
#47 0 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#47 0 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#47 0 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
#47 0 Sen. Joe Manchin [D-WV]
#47 0 Sen. Chris Coons [D-DE]
#47 0 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#47 0 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#47 0 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
#47 0 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#47 0 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#47 0 Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
#47 0 Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA]
#47 0 Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
#47 0 Sen. John Boozman [R-AR]
#47 0 Sen. Tim Scott [R-SC]
#47 0 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#47 0 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
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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.