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Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Brown’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.

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 4th 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 Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

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

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 525 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 Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

10 of Brown’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. 664: Protecting Workers’ Freedom to Organize ...; S. 1034: CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act ...; S. 1138: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1786: Restoring Overtime Pay Act of ...; S. 2056: Build America, Buy America Act; S. 2197: Protecting Rights Of Those Exploited ...; S. 2938: Fair Warning Act of 2019; S.Res. 85: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...; S.Res. 247: A resolution recognizing June 2019 ...; S.Res. 420: A resolution encouraging the President ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Held the 9th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Brown held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, 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 Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to All Senators

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 Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Ranked 13th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (24th percentile); All Senators (12th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Brown’s 59 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brown caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 15th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Brown introduced 59 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Democrats (69th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 22nd most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 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. 237: Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes ...; S. 378: Stop Price Gouging Act; S. 521: Social Security Fairness Act; S. 527: Cost-of-Living Refund Act of 2019; S. 668: Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer ...; S. 683: American Cars, American Jobs Act ...; S. 1034: CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act ...; S. 1357: Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital ...; S. 1376: Family First Transition and Support ...; S. 1481: Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine ...; S. 1961: Small Business Lending Fairness Act; S. 1963: All-American Flag Act; S. 2552: Expanding Health Care Options for ...; S. 2640: Students Not Profits Act of ...; S. 2772: Medicare Mental Health Access Act; S. 2938: Fair Warning Act of 2019; S.Res. 420: A resolution encouraging the President ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Brown introduced 2 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. 1436: A bill to make technical ...; S. 3049: Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Brown introduced 8 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1436: A bill to make technical ...; S. 2619: Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 3049: Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act; S.Res. 85: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...; S.Res. 90: A resolution designating February 28, ...; S.Res. 145: A resolution commemorating the bicentennial ...; S.Res. 290: A resolution celebrating 50 years ...; S.Res. 402: A resolution honoring the life, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 408 bills that Brown cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Democrats (31st percentile); All Senators (29th 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 0.7% of votes (3 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); All Senators (30th 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.