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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.

 

Government Transparency

the most supportive among Senate Republicans

GovTrack looked at whether Johnson supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

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

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 ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Republicans the most supportive out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 
 

Laws Enacted

2nd most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 2nd most bills out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 2nd most bills out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Bills Introduced

15th most bills among Senate Republicans

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 15th most bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 32nd most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

15th most bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 9th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 15th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

19th most conservative among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Republicans 19th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 19th most conservative out of 100
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Missed Votes

24th most absent among All Senators; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators 24th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

25th fewest bills among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 25th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

30th least bipartisan among All Senators

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Republicans 26th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 30th least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

36th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Johnson’s 49 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 20th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 36th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Working with the House

39th fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 25th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 39th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

41st best score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Republicans 27th best score out of 54
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All Senators 41st best score out of 100
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Cosponsors

45th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Republicans 27th fewest cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 45th fewest cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

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. 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 Republicans 7th highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 24) out of 100 0
16 points View All

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 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.