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Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Brown’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 5th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

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 Senate Democrats (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Brown cosponsored 682 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 (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got the 11th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Brown’s bills and resolutions had 755 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

14 of Brown’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 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. 3446: Expedite Agent Orange Coverage Act …; S. 4830: Fairness for Seniors and People …; S.Res. 85: A resolution recognizing the 100th …; S.Res. 247: A resolution recognizing June 2019 …; S.Res. 420: A resolution encouraging the President …; S.Res. 627: A resolution recognizing June 2020 …; S.Res. 655: A resolution declaring racism a …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 14th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Brown’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 682 bills that Brown cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 16th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 44 of Brown’s 90 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Brown caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 16th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Brown introduced 90 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Brown introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 1436: A bill to make technical …; S. 2619: Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of …; S. 3049: Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (35th 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 12 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 2827: African American Burial Grounds Study …; 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, …; S.Res. 517: A resolution honoring the life …; S.Res. 529: A resolution designating February 29, …; S.Res. 729: A resolution recognizing the 25th …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (70th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 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. 3542: COVID-19 Earned Income Act; S. 3813: A bill to amend the …; S. 4423: COVID–19 Hospice Respite Care Relief …; S. 4801: Fair Access to Financial Services …; S. 4864: HAPI Act; S. 4870: A bill to rename the …; S.Res. 420: A resolution encouraging the President …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Brown missed 1.8% of votes (13 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Brown’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.