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Sen. Richard Burr’s 2016 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Burr’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Wrote the 9th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Burr introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 754: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of ...; S. 1077: Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients ...; S. 1705: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 2055: Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act of ...; S. 2854: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights ...; S. 3055: Department of Veterans Affairs Dental ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th 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 204 bills that Burr cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 12th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Burr cosponsored 204 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 Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Ranked 13th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Burr’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 16th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Burr introduced 10 bills in the 114th Congress 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. 1077: Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients ...; S. 1253: Patient Access to Disposable Medical ...; S. 1622: FDA Device Accountability Act of ...; S. 1705: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 2055: Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act of ...; S. 2058: To require the Secretary of ...; S. 2083: A bill to extend the ...; S. 3017: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Burr missed 0.6% of votes (3 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Burr’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Burr introduced 45 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Burr’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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. 1622: FDA Device Accountability Act of ...; S. 2055: Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act of ...; S. 2854: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights ...; S.Con.Res. 18: A concurrent resolution recongizing the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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: To require the Secretary of ...; S. 2083: A bill to extend the ...; S. 2559: Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection ...; S. 2702: ABLE to Work Act of ...; S. 2854: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights ...; S. 3055: Department of Veterans Affairs Dental ...; S.Res. 141: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 424: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Burr’s 45 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Burr’s bills and resolutions had 212 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Burr supported any of 22 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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 the 114th Congress) 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.