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Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Menéndez’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 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.

 

Committee Positions

3rd lowest score among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Menéndez 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 Menéndez’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 2nd lowest score (tied w/ 6) out of 44 0
12 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 3rd lowest score (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
12 points View All
All Senators 6th lowest score (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Cosponsors

6th most cosponsors among All Senators

Menéndez’s bills and resolutions had 587 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Democrats 3rd most cosponsors out of 44 73
711 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 6th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

7th best score among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Democrats 7th best score out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 14th best score out of 47
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All Senators 17th best score out of 100
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Government Transparency

8th most supportive among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

GovTrack looked at whether Menéndez supported any of 22 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Menéndez 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1176: EMPOWER Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Democrats 13th most supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 44 1
11 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 8th most supportive (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
11 points View All
All Senators 19th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Introduced

10th most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

Menéndez introduced 73 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 44 18
87 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

10th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Menéndez’s 73 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 5th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 44 3
36 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
49 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

12th most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

10 of Menéndez’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. 1249: Military Families Credit Reporting Act; S. 1875: Afghanistan Accountability Act of 2015; S. 2676: Puerto Rico Stability Act of ...; S. 3083: Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act ...; S. 3266: Student Loan Tax Relief Act; S.Res. 87: A resolution to express the ...; S.Res. 105: A resolution recognizing the 194th ...; S.Res. 140: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 394: A resolution recognizing the 195th ...; S.Res. 410: A resolution honoring the accomplishments ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 6th most bills out of 44 0
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 12th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

13th most bills among Serving 10+ Years

Menéndez cosponsored 294 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 17th fewest bills out of 44 152
479 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
All Senators 33rd most bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

11th most bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 5 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Menéndez introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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 ...; S.Res. 394: A resolution recognizing the 195th ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 11th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 44 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 19th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

15th least bipartisan among Senate Democrats

Of the 294 bills that Menéndez cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Democrats 15th least bipartisan out of 44 20
66% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 20th most bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 40th most bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the House

16th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 214: Shareholder Protection Act of 2015; S. 307: ConTACT Act of 2015; S. 406: Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act ...; S. 547: A bill to establish a ...; S. 1042: COAST Anti-Drilling Act; S. 1114: TRACK Act; S. 1602: Puerto Rico Hospital HITECH Amendments ...; S. 1906: Orphan Drug Fairness Act; S. 1958: Christopher’s Law; S. 2335: Beach Act of 2015; S. 3064: Guardians of America’s Freedom Medal ...; S. 3163: Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust ...; S. 3165: Big Oil Bailout Prevention Unlimited ...; S. 3178: Fairness for Our Hospitals Act ...; S. 3314: Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act; S. 3467: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act ...; S.Res. 83: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 87: A resolution to express the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 10th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 44 1
26 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 16th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

20th most liberal among 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Democrats 19th most liberal out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 11th most liberal out of 47
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All Senators 20th most liberal out of 100
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Missed Votes

22nd most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 1 other

Menéndez missed 1.8% of votes (9 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Menéndez’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 45th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Laws Enacted

Menéndez introduced 1 bill 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. 3083: Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 44 0
9 View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 47 0
15 View All
All Senators 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 24) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

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.

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.