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Sen. Ron Johnson’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Johnson’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Johnson cosponsored 128 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 (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

12 of Johnson’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 396: A bill to amend section ...; S. 831: A bill to direct the ...; S. 1313: RIP MSP Act; S. 1867: DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems ...; S. 2769: Congressional Reporting Burden Reduction Act; S. 3118: TRAC Act; S. 4096: A bill to extend the ...; S. 4133: REAL ID Modernization Act; S. 4157: National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis ...; S. 4210: Securing Healthcare and Response Equipment ...; S.Res. 27: A resolution calling for a ...; S.Res. 65: A resolution congratulating the Hellenic ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Johnson’s bills and resolutions had 213 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (37th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 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. 98: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 742: Protecting Children Through Eliminating Visa ...; S. 1313: RIP MSP Act; S. 1622: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues ...; S. 1669: CURD Act; S.Res. 27: A resolution calling for a ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 11th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Ranked 14th most politically left compared to Senate Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Johnson’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Johnson introduced 19 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 380: GOOD Act; S. 394: Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of ...; S. 1378: Repeal Insurance Plans of the ...; S. 1867: DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems ...; S. 2162: Securing America’s Borders Act of ...; S. 2769: Congressional Reporting Burden Reduction Act; S. 2779: Luke and Alex School Safety ...; S. 3045: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification ...; S. 3148: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues ...; S. 3257: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4126: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4133: REAL ID Modernization Act; S. 4148: A bill to extend the ...; S. 4153: National Response Framework Improvement Act ...; S. 4157: National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis ...; S. 4165: A bill to repeal section ...; S. 4204: Federal Emergency Pandemic Response Act; S. 4210: Securing Healthcare and Response Equipment ...; S.Res. 27: A resolution calling for a ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Johnson introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 394: Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of ...; S. 3045: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification ...; S. 3257: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4126: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4148: A bill to extend the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (69th 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

Johnson introduced 43 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Johnson’s 43 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Johnson caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).

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


 

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 (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 128 bills that Johnson cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Johnson missed 4.0% of votes (29 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Johnson’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.