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Sen. Ron Johnson’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Johnson’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 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.

 

Supported government transparency the most often compared to Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Johnson 10 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Johnson sponsored S. 2127: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection ...; S. 2969: Disaster Management Act of 2016

Johnson cosponsored S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 558: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...; S. 795: A bill to enhance whistleblower ...

Compare to all 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. Johnson introduced 21 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1180: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; S. 1620: DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act ...; S. 1629: District of Columbia Courts, Public ...; S. 1638: Department of Homeland Security Headquarters ...; S. 1826: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1846: Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of ...; S. 1864: Department of Homeland Security Border ...; S. 2109: Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief ...; S. 2127: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection ...; S. 2375: Federal Asset Sale and Transfer ...; S. 2517: Combat Terrorist Use of Social ...; S. 2964: GAO Mandates Revision Act of ...; S. 2967: National Biodefense Strategy Act of ...; S. 2968: Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization ...; S. 2970: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2976: DHS Accountability Act of 2016; S. 3011: Bolster Accountability to Drive Government ...; S.Res. 310: A resolution condemning the ongoing ...; S.Res. 326: A resolution celebrating the 135th ...; S.Res. 377: An original resolution directing the ...; S.Res. 378: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to All Senators

Johnson introduced 12 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. 1180: Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...; S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; S. 1522: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act; S. 1620: DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act ...; S. 1629: District of Columbia Courts, Public ...; S. 1638: Department of Homeland Security Headquarters ...; S. 1826: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1864: Department of Homeland Security Border ...; S. 2109: Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief ...; S. 2362: Visa Waiver Program Improvement and ...; S. 2375: Federal Asset Sale and Transfer ...; S. 2964: GAO Mandates Revision Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th 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.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

9 of Johnson’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. 1016: Preserving Freedom and Choice in ...; S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for ...; S. 1629: District of Columbia Courts, Public ...; S. 1638: Department of Homeland Security Headquarters ...; S. 2964: GAO Mandates Revision Act of ...; S. 2976: DHS Accountability Act of 2016; S.Res. 72: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 93: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 378: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Ranked 19th most conservative compared to All Senators

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 Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Was 24th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Johnson missed 3.2% of votes (16 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 25th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Johnson cosponsored 198 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 Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Johnson held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 198 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 1117: Ensuring Veteran Safety Through Accountability ...; S. 1323: Social Security Identity Defense Act ...; S. 1826: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2281: A bill to direct the ...; S. 2518: Zika Response and Safety Act ...; S. 3072: Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act; S. 3463: Student Worker Exemption Act of ...; S. 3483: Midnight Rules Relief Act of ...; S.Res. 378: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Johnson introduced 49 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (68th 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 Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Johnson tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 15 of Johnson’s 49 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 216 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 Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (44th 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 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.