Read our 2018 Report Card for Brown.
Brown is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Brown has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Sherrod Brown sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Economic Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade
- Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
- Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
Senate Committee on Finance
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Brown was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1436: A bill to make technical corrections to the computation of average pay under Public Law 110-279.
- S. 2377: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 200 West 2nd Street in Dayton, Ohio, as the “Walter H. Rice Federal Building and ...
- S. 1319: Community Care Core Competency Act of 2017
- S. 1236: A bill to require the Attorney General to designate Human Trafficking Coordinators for Federal judicial districts, and for other purposes.
- S. 857: African American Civil Rights Network Act
- S. 802: Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act
- S. 2913 (113th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 715 Shawan Falls Drive in Dublin, Ohio, as the “Lance Corporal Wesley G. ...
Does 19 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Brown sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (36%) Taxation (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Environmental Protection (5%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Education (5%)
Some of Brown’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2640: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to make for-profit ...
- S. 2619: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Healthy ...
- S. 2552: Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act
- S.Res. 340: A resolution designating the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as ...
- S. 2542: Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of 2019
- S. 2481: End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act
- S. 2468: Workers’ Right to Training Act
From Jan 2007 to Oct 2019, Brown missed 50 of 3,922 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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