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Sen. Richard Burr’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from North Carolina
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Burr’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this 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 Burr’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what 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.

 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Burr cosponsored 122 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Burr’s bills and resolutions had 107 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (18th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 4 others)

2 of Burr’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 559: Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory ...; S.Con.Res. 18: A concurrent resolution recongizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th bottom/follower compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Burr’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 215: Child and Dependent Care FSA ...; S. 338: A bill to permanently reauthorize ...; S. 559: Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory ...; S. 1157: A bill to require the ...; S. 2058: Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act ...; S. 2083: A bill to extend the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 13th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 122 bills that Burr cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Burr introduced 6 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 338: A bill to permanently reauthorize ...; S. 754: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of ...; S. 1253: Patient Access to Disposable Medical ...; S. 1705: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 2058: Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act ...; S. 2083: A bill to extend the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Burr introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Burr introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Burr tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 38% of Burr’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Burr held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Burr’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Burr missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Burr’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Burr supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Burr 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.