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Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Ohio
Democrat
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Brown’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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Democrats

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 24 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. 2438: Medicaid and Chip Quality Improvement ...; S. 2597: Medicare Mental Health Access Act; S. 2983: CRIB Act; S. 3094: PRICED Act; S. 3149: A bill to posthumously award ...; S. 3248: Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of ...; S. 3319: A bill to require the ...; S. 3416: Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act; S. 3451: Young Child Tax Credit Act; S.Res. 265: A resolution honoring the life, ...; S.Res. 363: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Con.Res. 7: A concurrent resolution authorizing the ...; S.Con.Res. 8: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Brown cosponsored 408 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 Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most liberal compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

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

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 558 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 2 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1717: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2309: African American Civil Rights Network ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (27th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to All Senators

Brown introduced 71 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Brown’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. 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 Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (40th 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 (36th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 408 bills that Brown cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Brown supported any of 22 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: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Brown introduced 0 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.

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Brown tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16 of Brown’s 71 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (53rd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Brown missed 2.2% of votes (11 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (56th 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 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.