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Sen. Roy Blunt’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Blunt’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 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.

 

Committee Positions

the highest score among 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Republicans the highest score out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators the highest score out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

5th most bills among Senate Republicans

Blunt cosponsored 305 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 5th most bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 30th most bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

7th most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 27 of Blunt’s 52 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 5th most bills out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 7th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

11th 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 Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Republicans 8th best score out of 54
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All Senators 11th best score out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

12th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 305 bills that Blunt cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Republicans 12th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 48th most 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.

 

Bills Introduced

12th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

Blunt introduced 52 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 27th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

15th most absent among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Blunt missed 4.4% of votes (22 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Blunt’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators 15th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Laws Enacted

13th most bills among All Senators; tied with 8 others

Blunt introduced 5 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. 12: Hire More Heroes Act of ...; S. 1695: Departments of Labor, Health and ...; S. 2162: Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization ...; S. 2234: Office of Strategic Services Congressional ...; S. 2755: Fallen Heroes Flag Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 12th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 13th most bills (tied w/ 8) 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.

 

Cosponsors

17th most cosponsors among All Senators

Blunt’s bills and resolutions had 439 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 9th most cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 17th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

22nd most bills among All Senators; tied with 4 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blunt introduced 8 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further 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. 2954: Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park ...; S. 3040: Departments of Labor, Health and ...; S.Res. 54: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...; S.Res. 73: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

24th most bills among All Senators; tied with 6 others

7 of Blunt’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. 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 ...; S. 2755: Fallen Heroes Flag Act of ...; S.Res. 472: A resolution expressing the sense ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 16th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 24th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

27th 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 Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Republicans 27th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 27th most conservative out of 100
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Working with the House

32nd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 6 others

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. 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 ...; S.Res. 622: A resolution expressing support for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Republicans 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 32nd fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

29th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 15 others

GovTrack looked at whether Blunt supported any of 22 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blunt 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Republicans 16th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th least supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 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.