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Sen. Roger Wicker’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Wicker’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Republicans

12 of Wicker’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 910: National Sea Grant College Program ...; S. 914: Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research ...; S. 1439: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S. 1601: Helping Overcome Trauma for Children ...; S. 1608: Promoting Physical Activity for Americans ...; S. 2166: Regional Ocean Partnership Act; S. 2346: Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster ...; S. 2775: HACKED Act of 2019; S. 2909: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension ...; S. 2964: War Risk Insurance Extension Act ...; S.Res. 136: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 322: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wicker introduced 26 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 109: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 910: National Sea Grant College Program ...; S. 914: Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research ...; S. 1269: Maritime SAFE Act; S. 1294: Broadband Interagency Coordination Act of ...; S. 1341: SOFFA Act; S. 1439: Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement ...; S. 1601: Helping Overcome Trauma for Children ...; S. 1608: Promoting Physical Activity for Americans ...; S. 1625: United States 5G Leadership Act ...; S. 1822: Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological ...; S. 2166: Regional Ocean Partnership Act; S. 2249: A bill to allow the ...; S. 2346: Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster ...; S. 2775: HACKED Act of 2019; S. 2805: TOD Advancement Act of 2019; S. 2881: 5G Spectrum Act of 2019; S. 2909: NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension ...; S. 2964: War Risk Insurance Extension Act ...; S. 2979: Preventing Opioid and Drug Impairment ...; S.Res. 136: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 146: A resolution recognizing the centennial ...; S.Res. 174: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 224: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 229: A resolution relative to the ...; S.Res. 322: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Wicker held a leadership position on 2 committees and 0 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 (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most right (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (68th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker introduced 48 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 192 bills that Wicker cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).

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


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 29 of Wicker’s 48 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Wicker caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 13th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Wicker’s bills and resolutions had 232 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (75th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Was 17th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

Wicker missed 0.2% of votes (1 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Wicker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wicker introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1269: Maritime SAFE Act; S. 2249: A bill to allow the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (51st 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.


 

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. 70: Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home ...; S. 109: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion ...; S. 1341: SOFFA Act; S. 1965: Combating the Illicit Trade in ...; S. 1968: SPECTRUM NOW Act; S. 2028: Rural Jobs Act; S. 2483: TRAP Act; S. 3064: Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Wicker cosponsored 192 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 (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (40th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wicker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (68th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.