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Sen. Roy Blunt’s 2019 Report Card

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair
Senior Senator from Missouri
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Blunt’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Blunt was busy being Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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 Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd most often compared to Senate Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 173 bills that Blunt cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd least often compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 2 others)

2 of Blunt’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1300: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative ...; S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (8th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 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. 750: New Markets Tax Credit Extension ...; S. 1168: Equal Campus Access Act of ...; S. 1367: A bill to designate Union ...; S. 1554: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019; S. 2715: Global Child Thrive Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (30th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 1 other)

Blunt introduced 27 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (47th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Blunt’s bills and resolutions had 290 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (58th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blunt introduced 15 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1300: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative ...; S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act; S. 2851: A bill to amend section ...; S.Res. 70: An original resolution authorizing expenditures ...; S.Res. 86: A resolution providing for members ...; S.Res. 87: A resolution authorizing the printing ...; S.Res. 166: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 185: A resolution commending the Northwest ...; S.Res. 200: A resolution authorizing the taking ...; S.Res. 356: A resolution designating September 4, ...; S.Res. 428: A resolution authorizing the taking ...; S.Res. 438: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Con.Res. 6: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 7: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 27: A concurrent resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 13th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 21 of Blunt’s 27 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blunt caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (75th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 25th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blunt’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blunt introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 1300: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative ...; S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act; S. 2851: A bill to amend section ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th 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 Cosponsored

Blunt cosponsored 173 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 Party Leaders (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Blunt missed 1.2% of votes (5 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Blunt’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (50th percentile); All Senators (46th 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 2019) 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.