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Sen. Roger Wicker’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Mississippi
Republican
Serving Dec 31, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Wicker’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 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.

 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Wicker held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker cosponsored 266 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 (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Wicker introduced 29 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wicker introduced 9 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 143: United States Merchant Marine Academy ...; S. 611: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...; S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and ...; S. 1034: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1597: Patient-Focused Impact Assessment Act of ...; S. 1626: Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency ...; S. 1685: Amateur Radio Parity Act of ...; S. 1886: Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research ...; S.Res. 436: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 19th 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. 18 of Wicker’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Wicker’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. 582: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 611: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...; S. 1353: Ensuring Access to Justice for ...; S.Res. 436: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Wicker missed 2.2% of votes (11 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 582: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 611: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...; S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and ...; S. 1045: Restoring the 10th Amendment Act; S. 1353: Ensuring Access to Justice for ...; S. 1685: Amateur Radio Parity Act of ...; S. 1886: Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research ...; S. 2067: EUREKA Act; S.Res. 467: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 488: A resolution recognizing the historical ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 266 bills that Wicker cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Wicker’s bills and resolutions had 242 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 Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wicker supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Wicker 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Wicker cosponsored S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wicker introduced 4 bills 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. 611: Grassroots Rural and Small Community ...; S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and ...; S. 1626: Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency ...; S. 2328: PROMESA

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (67th 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.


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.