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Sen. Roger Wicker’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Wicker’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker cosponsored 269 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 (48th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Ranked 7th 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 the 115th Congress 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 (68th percentile); All Senators (84th 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 364 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 7: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension ...; 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 2018; S. 2343: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; S. 2916: Energizing American Shipbuilding Act; S. 3010: SPECTRUM NOW Act; S. 3138: AQUAA Act; S.Res. 149: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 242: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 489: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 7 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Wicker supported any of 14 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. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

10 of Wicker’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 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. 1414: SHIPS Act; S. 1520: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act ...; S. 2343: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; S.Res. 214: A resolution designating June 19, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wicker introduced 21 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 7: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension ...; 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. 1520: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act ...; S. 1621: Rural Wireless Access Act of ...; S. 2242: COASTAL Implementation Act of 2018; S. 2343: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; S. 2461: Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing ...; S. 2511: CENOTE Act of 2018; S. 2867: JROTC Act; S. 3273: Port Operations, Research, and Technology ...; 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 ...; S.Res. 489: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 547: A resolution designating June 19, ...; S.Res. 557: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); Senate Republicans (76th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Ranked the 18th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 18th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 35 of Wicker’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Wicker caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Wicker missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wicker introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 7: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension ...; S. 1520: Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act ...; S. 2343: Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of ...; S. 2511: CENOTE Act of 2018; S. 2867: JROTC Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (66th 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 52 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 269 bills that Wicker cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th 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.


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 115th Congress) 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.