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Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Ohio
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2025


These year-end statistics cover Brown’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 Brown’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 2nd most bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Brown cosponsored 267 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 (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (86th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most liberal compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (13th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 371 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 (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Brown tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 25% of Brown’s 44 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 11th most 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. 14 of Brown’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. 541: John P. Parker House Study ...; S. 568: Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of ...; S. 624: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer ...; S. 1387: Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act ...; S. 1491: Community Lender Regulatory Relief and ...; S. 1651: Social Security Fairness Act of ...; S. 1717: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1753: Rebuilding America’s Schools Act; S. 2049: A bill to establish in ...; S. 2092: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2392: Medicare Advantage Bill of Rights ...; S.Res. 265: A resolution honoring the life, ...; S.Con.Res. 7: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 8: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to All Senators

Brown introduced 44 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Brown introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Brown’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. 522: Protecting And Retaining Our Children’s ...; S. 1012: Working Families Tax Relief Act ...; S. 1460: Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of ...; S. 1491: Community Lender Regulatory Relief and ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Brown 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 Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 267 bills that Brown cosponsored, 29% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Brown missed 1.8% of votes (6 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brown supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Brown 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Brown cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (64th 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 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.