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Sen. Richard Burr’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Burr’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 5th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 818: ABLE to Work Act of ...; S.Res. 127: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 229: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 464: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Was 7th most absent in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Burr missed 4.2% of votes (25 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Burr’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Burr cosponsored 124 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 (9th percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th 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 124 bills that Burr cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Got the 9th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Burr’s bills and resolutions had 180 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 8th fewest laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 6 others)

Burr introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 133: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 723: A bill to extend the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (22nd 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.


 

Held the 11th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 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 (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Burr’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 203: RPM Act of 2017; S. 1072: Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of ...; S. 2852: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Burr introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Burr introduced 16 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 133: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 723: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1761: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal ...; S. 2010: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 2852: Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and ...; S. 3153: Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization ...; S.Res. 103: A resolution designating March 29, ...; S.Res. 112: A resolution designating April 5, ...; S.Res. 127: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 133: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 215: A resolution designating July 14, ...; S.Res. 464: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 471: A resolution designating March 29, ...; S.Res. 472: A resolution designating April 5, ...; S.Res. 574: A resolution designating July 13, ...; S.J.Res. 53: A joint resolution honoring the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Burr’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Burr caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Burr’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Burr supported any of 14 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 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.