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Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Brown’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Ranked the 2nd 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

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

Brown cosponsored 501 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 Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Ranked 7th most liberal 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Democrats (11th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

9 of Brown’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1371: Working Families Tax Relief Act ...; S. 2069: Protecting Workers’ Freedom to Organize ...; S. 2177: Restoring Overtime Pay Act of ...; S. 2429: Protecting Rights Of Those Exploited ...; S. 3507: A bill to amend title ...; S.Res. 212: A resolution recognizing June 2017 ...; S.Res. 319: A resolution supporting the goals, ...; S.Res. 563: A resolution recognizing June 2018 ...; S.Con.Res. 20: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 39 of Brown’s 71 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brown caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Wrote the 5th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 5 others)

Brown introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 802: Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal ...; S. 857: African American Civil Rights Network ...; S. 1236: A bill to require the ...; S. 1319: Community Care Core Competency Act ...; S. 2377: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (66th 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.


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 584 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th 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. 22 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. 193: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ...; S. 284: End Surprise Billing Act of ...; S. 448: Medicare Mental Health Access Act; S. 479: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer ...; S. 764: Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act ...; S. 773: Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act; S. 802: Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal ...; S. 915: Social Security Fairness Act of ...; S. 988: Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of ...; S. 1063: Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital ...; S. 1317: Medicaid and CHIP Quality Improvement ...; S. 1369: Stop Price Gouging Act; S. 2377: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2567: Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of ...; S. 2763: POWER Act; S. 2899: CRIB Act; S. 3067: Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes ...; S. 3717: Small Business Lending Fairness Act; S. 3795: Receiving Electronic Statements To Improve ...; S.Res. 212: A resolution recognizing June 2017 ...; S.Res. 563: A resolution recognizing June 2018 ...; S.Con.Res. 20: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 12th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 8 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 802: Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal ...; S. 857: African American Civil Rights Network ...; S. 1236: A bill to require the ...; S. 1319: Community Care Core Competency Act ...; S. 2377: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 73: A resolution designating February 28, ...; S.Res. 257: A resolution designating September 16, ...; S.Res. 423: A resolution designating February 28, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Introduced the 17th most bills compared to All Senators

Brown introduced 71 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Brown missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th 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 Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 501 bills that Brown cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (42nd 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 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Brown 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Brown cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (69th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.