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Sen. Roger Wicker’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Mississippi
Republican
Serving Dec 31, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Wicker’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 Wicker’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 Senate Republicans

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 Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker’s bills and resolutions had 179 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 Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th highest % of bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 42% of Wicker’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Wicker introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Held the 13th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Wicker held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked 20th most conservative 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 157 bills that Wicker cosponsored, 42% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Wicker introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wicker introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Wicker’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. 344: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 864: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...; S. 1632: Restoring the 10th Amendment Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (76th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Wicker’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. 738: Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act ...; S. 946: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S.Res. 87: A resolution designating April 4, ...; S.Res. 93: A resolution designating April 4, ...; S.Res. 119: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Wicker cosponsored 157 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 Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Wicker missed 3.1% of votes (9 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Wicker’s Profile »

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wicker supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Wicker 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (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 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.