Sen. Steve Daines’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Montana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These special year-end statistics cover Daines’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 Daines’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.

 

Committee Positions

the lowest score among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Daines held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 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 Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Freshmen the lowest score (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
2 points View All
Senate Republicans the lowest score (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators the lowest score (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Working with the House

the most bills among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Daines’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. 493: Balanced Budget Accountability Act; S. 1103: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 1104: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1361: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1487: Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth ...; S. 1552: Clean Water for Rural Communities ...; S. 1819: Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 1
30 bills View All
All Senators 46th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among Senate Freshmen

Daines introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 3rd most bills out of 13 4
26 bills View All
Senate Republicans 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 4
125 bills View All
All Senators 28th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 4
125 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

4th most bills among Senate Freshmen

Daines cosponsored 144 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 4th most bills out of 13 52
213 bills View All
Senate Republicans 23rd most bills out of 54 49
284 bills View All
All Senators 38th fewest bills out of 100 49
301 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th lowest % of bills among Senate Republicans

Daines tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 18% of Daines’s 17 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Republicans 9th lowest % of bills out of 41 7
71% of bills View All
All Senators 19th lowest % of bills out of 87 0
71% of bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

10th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 35 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Freshmen 6th fewest cosponsors out of 13 15
126 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 9th fewest cosponsors out of 54 10
579 cosponsors View All
All Senators 10th fewest cosponsors out of 100 10
579 cosponsors View All
 

Leadership Score

12th worst score among 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Freshmen 5th worst score out of 13
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Senate Republicans 8th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 12th worst score out of 100
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Bills Out of Committee

14th fewest bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 5 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1103: A bill to reinstate and ...; S. 1104: A bill to extend the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
5 bills View All
Senate Republicans 14th fewest bills (tied w/ 5) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 44th fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 100 0
25 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

32nd least bipartisan among All Senators

Of the 144 bills that Daines cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Freshmen 6th most bipartisan out of 13 14
35% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 24th most bipartisan out of 54 10
51% of bills View All
All Senators 32nd least bipartisan out of 98 10
61% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

35th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 17 others

GovTrack looked at whether Daines supported any of 19 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Daines 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Freshmen 4th most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Republicans 13th most supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 54 0
7 points View All
All Senators 35th least supportive (tied w/ 17) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Daines’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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen fewest bills along with 6 others out of 13 0
4 bills View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 54 0
12 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
12 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

Daines 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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen fewest bills along with 8 others out of 13 0
1 laws View All
Senate Republicans fewest bills along with 26 others out of 54 0
2 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 58 others out of 100 0
3 laws View All

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.

 

Missed Votes

Daines missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Daines’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Freshmen the most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
3% missed votes View All
All Senators the most voting (tied w/ 16) out of 100 0
35% missed votes View All

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.

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.