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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.

 

Held the 3rd fewest committee positions compared to 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 »

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


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Menéndez supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Menéndez 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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th most bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 12th most often compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 16th most bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Menéndez introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress 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 ...; S.Res. 394: A resolution recognizing the 195th ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (15th 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.


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

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


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.