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Sen. Roger Wicker’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Wicker’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 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 6th most conservative 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 Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

10 of Wicker’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. 129: National Sea Grant College Program ...; S. 168: Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act; S. 184: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 518: Small and Rural Community Clean ...; S. 657: Promoting Physical Activity for Americans ...; S. 839: Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing ...; S. 1520: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act ...; S.Res. 106: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 214: A resolution designating June 19, ...; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution calling upon ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 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 (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker’s bills and resolutions had 225 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 (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker cosponsored 156 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 (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Wicker’s 31 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wicker introduced 10 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 129: National Sea Grant College Program ...; S. 168: Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act; S. 518: Small and Rural Community Clean ...; S. 1052: BENEFIT Act of 2017; S. 1425: Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research ...; S. 1621: Rural Wireless Access Act of ...; S.Res. 149: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 166: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 214: A resolution designating June 19, ...; S.Res. 351: A resolution recognizing the bicentennial ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th top leader compared to All Senators

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 Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Wicker missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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. 184: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 839: Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing ...; S. 1414: SHIPS Act; S. 1534: Amateur Radio Parity Act of ...; S. 1621: Rural Wireless Access Act of ...; S. 2093: COASTAL Implementation Act of 2017; S. 2242: COASTAL Implementation Act of 2017; S.Res. 242: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 156 bills that Wicker cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (38th 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, 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 Republicans (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Wicker introduced 31 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (67th 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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.