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Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from New Jersey
Democrat
Serving Jan 18, 2006 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Menéndez’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

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 Menéndez’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.

 

Ranked the top leader compared to All Senators

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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Menéndez introduced 15 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 298: North Korea Nonproliferation and Accountability ...; S. 579: A bill to direct the ...; S. 793: Organization of American States Revitalization ...; S. 960: Syria Transition Support Act of ...; S. 1386: Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone ...; S. 1545: PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act ...; S. 1683: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1846: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act ...; S. 1857: Egypt Assistance Reform Act of ...; S. 1881: Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act ...; S.Res. 143: A resolution recognizing the threats ...; S.Res. 167: A resolution reaffirming the strong ...; S.Res. 213: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 227: A resolution to commemorate the ...; S.J.Res. 21: Authorization for the Use of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Menéndez introduced 2 bills that became law in 2013. 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. 793: Organization of American States Revitalization ...; S. 1545: PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Menéndez introduced 59 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Menéndez’s bills and resolutions had 514 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Of the 140 bills that Menéndez cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (8th percentile); Senate Democrats (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

9 of Menéndez’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 298: North Korea Nonproliferation and Accountability ...; S. 568: Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act; S. 793: Organization of American States Revitalization ...; S. 960: Syria Transition Support Act of ...; S. 1386: Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone ...; S. 1545: PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act ...; S. 1683: A bill to provide for ...; S. 1885: Burma Human Rights and Democracy ...; S.Res. 167: A resolution reaffirming the strong ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Menéndez’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. 249: Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of ...; S. 568: Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act; S. 579: A bill to direct the ...; S. 636: Puerto Rico Hospital HITECH Amendments ...; S. 637: Collaborative Academic Research Efforts for ...; S. 824: Shareholder Protection Act of 2013; S. 905: Safe Building Code Incentive Act ...; S. 991: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1516: Concussion Treatment and Care Tools ...; S. 1610: Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act ...; S.Res. 86: A resolution honoring the accomplishments ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Menéndez missed 1.0% of votes (3 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Menéndez’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Menéndez tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 37% of Menéndez’s 59 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Menéndez supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Menéndez 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 Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Menéndez cosponsored 140 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 (51st percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (54th 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 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.