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Sen. Roy Blunt’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Missouri
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special year-end statistics cover Blunt’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Blunt’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.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to All Senators

Blunt held a leadership position on 3 committees 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 Blunt’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th highest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50% of Blunt’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt cosponsored 195 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt’s bills and resolutions had 300 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Was 5th most absent in votes compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Blunt missed 4.4% of votes (15 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Blunt’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 195 bills that Blunt cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blunt introduced 6 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 650: Railroad Safety and Positive Train ...; S. 1182: A bill to exempt application ...; S. 1643: Ensuring the Safety and Security ...; S. 1695: Departments of Labor, Health and ...; S.Res. 54: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...; S.Res. 73: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Blunt’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. 12: Hire More Heroes Act of ...; S. 340: GSP UPDATE Act; S. 884: Health Care Safety Net Enhancement ...; S. 1182: A bill to exempt application ...; S. 1192: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act ...; S. 2306: A bill to require the ...; S.Res. 209: A resolution designating the Ulysses ...; S.Res. 315: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Blunt’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 12: Hire More Heroes Act of ...; S. 650: Railroad Safety and Positive Train ...; S. 769: Track, Railroad, and Infrastructure Network ...; S. 1524: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, ...; S. 2234: Office of Strategic Services Congressional ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Blunt supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blunt 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blunt introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 12: Hire More Heroes Act of ...; S. 2162: Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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.

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 2015) 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.