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Sen. Ron Johnson’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Wisconsin
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Johnson’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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 Johnson’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.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

1 of Johnson’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1617: If You Like Your Health ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Working with the House

the fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Johnson’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. 1617: If You Like Your Health ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills out of 13 1
17 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
All Senators 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

the fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

Johnson introduced 7 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills out of 13 7
63 bills View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 45 7
85 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

the fewest cosponsors among Senate Sophomores

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 48 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Sophomores the fewest cosponsors out of 13 48
412 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
All Senators 5th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

2nd fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

Johnson cosponsored 150 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd fewest bills out of 13 121
398 bills View All
Senate Republicans 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 51
337 bills View All
All Senators 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

4th least bipartisan among Senate Sophomores

Of the 150 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores 4th least bipartisan out of 13 16
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 12th least bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
All Senators 40th most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

4th most supportive among Senate Sophomores; tied with 3 others

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Johnson 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 994: DATA Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores 4th most supportive (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans 6th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 45 0
5 points View All
All Senators 30th most supportive (tied w/ 35) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Missed Votes

36th most absent among All Senators; tied with 2 others

Johnson missed 2.9% of votes (19 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores 7th most voting out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
All Senators 36th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
12 bills View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 45 0
15 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Johnson held a leadership position on 0 committees 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 Johnson’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores 2nd lowest score (tied w/ 9) out of 13 1
3 points View All
Senate Republicans 6th lowest score (tied w/ 14) out of 45 0
8 points View All
All Senators 20th lowest score (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Johnson introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
5 laws View All
Senate Republicans fewest bills along with 13 others out of 45 0
6 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 31 others out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

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.

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 113th Congress) 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.