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Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Menéndez missed 24.9% of votes (81 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Menéndez’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 8th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Menéndez introduced 8 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 484: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act ...; S. 1208: Strengthening the Department of Homeland ...; S.Res. 81: A resolution recognizing the 196th ...; S.Res. 146: A resolution designating April 30, ...; S.Res. 158: A resolution recognizing the cultural ...; S.Res. 253: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 256: A resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage ...; S.Res. 269: A resolution designating September 2017 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Menéndez’s bills and resolutions had 342 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 10th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Menéndez’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Menéndez cosponsored 200 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 (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (46th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Menéndez’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 12 others)

Menéndez held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Menéndez’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 20th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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. 246: Campus Fire Safety Education Act ...; S. 382: Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of ...; S. 484: U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act ...; S. 986: Fairness for Our Hospitals Act ...; S. 999: COAST Anti-Drilling Act; S. 1147: Collaborative Academic Research Efforts for ...; S. 1193: Better Education and Skills Training ...; S. 1208: Strengthening the Department of Homeland ...; S. 1364: National Museum of the American ...; S. 1622: Beach Act of 2017; S. 2187: A bill to establish a ...; S.Res. 104: A resolution honoring the accomplishments ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (80th 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 4 others)

Menéndez introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 200 bills that Menéndez cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Menéndez’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 2181: Military Families Credit Reporting Act ...; S.Res. 104: A resolution honoring the accomplishments ...; S.J.Res. 6: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Menéndez introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (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 2017) 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.