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Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from New Jersey
Democrat
Serving Jan 18, 2006 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Menendez’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 Menendez’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.

 

Held the 3rd fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Menendez held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 Menendez’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Ranked the 5th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 Menendez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Menendez’s bills and resolutions had 372 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 Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

5 of Menendez’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. 1249: Military Families Credit Reporting Act; S. 1875: Afghanistan Accountability Act of 2015; S.Res. 87: A resolution to express the ...; S.Res. 105: A resolution recognizing the 194th ...; S.Res. 140: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 of Menendez’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. 214: Shareholder Protection Act of 2015; S. 307: Concussion Treatment and Care Tools ...; S. 406: Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act ...; S. 547: A bill to establish a ...; S. 1042: Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism ...; S. 1114: Toxics by Rail Accountability and ...; S. 1602: Puerto Rico Hospital HITECH Amendments ...; S. 1906: Orphan Drug Fairness Act; S. 1958: Christopher Bryski Student Loan Protection ...; S. 2335: Beach Act of 2015; S.Res. 65: A resolution supporting efforts to ...; S.Res. 83: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 87: A resolution to express the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 21st most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Menendez introduced 41 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Ranked 22nd most liberal compared to All Senators

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 Menendez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Menendez 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 Democrats (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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Menendez introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1811: Superstorm Sandy Relief and Disaster ...; S. 1875: Afghanistan Accountability Act of 2015; S.Res. 87: A resolution to express the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Menendez tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 34% of Menendez’s 41 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (68th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Menendez cosponsored 177 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 Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 177 bills that Menendez cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Menendez missed 1.8% of votes (6 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Menendez’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Menendez supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Menendez 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Menendez cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (64th 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.