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2018 Report Cards
Serving 10+ Years (Senate) / Bills Cosponsored

These statistics dissect the legislative records of Members of Congress during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019), as of Jan 20, 2019.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make a legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of legislating and make your own judgements based on what legislative activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

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Bills Cosponsored

The number of bills cosponsored by each legislator in the 115th Congress.

Serving 10+ Years (Senate)
most bills
#1 591 Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
#2 520 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
#3 501 Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
#4 490 Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
#5 487 Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
#6 485 Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
#7 464 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
#8 458 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH]
#9 421 Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
#10 390 Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA]
#11 381 Sen. Bill Nelson [D-FL, 2001-2018]
#12 380 Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ]
#13 374 Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
#14 365 Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]
#15 359 Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
#16 355 Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME]
#17 335 Sen. Michael Bennet [D-CO]
#18 334 Sen. Jon Tester [D-MT]
#19 322 Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM, 2009-2020]
#20 316 Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
#20 316 Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#22 313 Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI]
#23 286 Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
#24 269 Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
#25 266 Sen. Maria Cantwell [D-WA]
#26 265 Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
#26 265 Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO, 2007-2018]
#28 257 Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
#29 249 Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT, 1977-2018]
#30 244 Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
#31 224 Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA, 2005-2019]
#31 224 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]
#33 220 Sen. Mark Warner [D-VA]
#34 219 Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
#35 210 Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS, 1997-2020]
#36 204 Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
#37 196 Sen. Michael “Mike” Crapo [R-ID]
#38 169 Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY, 1997-2020]
#39 161 Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY]
#40 159 Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
#41 153 Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
#42 124 Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC]
#43 123 Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN, 2003-2020]
#44 72 Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN, 2007-2018]
#45 71 Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
#46 51 Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL]
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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 the 115th Congress) 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.