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Sen. Steve Daines’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Montana
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Daines’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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 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. 170: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity …; S. 334: Clean Water for Rural Communities …; S. 350: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act …; S. 490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; S. 802: Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits …; S. 900: A bill to designate the …; S. 1114: Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief …; S. 1149: Main Street Tax Certainty Act; S. 1150: Child Tax Credit for Pregnant …; S. 1228: PIRATE Act; S. 1302: Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act; S. 1358: Citizens Count Census Act of …; S. 1405: A bill to amend the …; S. 1682: Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act; S. 1752: A PLUS Act; S. 1882: A bill to make available …; S. 2029: A bill to amend the …; S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act; S. 2229: Stop Online Booking Scams Act …; S. 2435: BASIC Act; S. 2965: USPS Fairness Act; S. 4239: Workforce Recovery and Training Services …; S.J.Res. 49: A joint resolution proposing an …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


 

Held the 5th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Daines held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, 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 »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (8th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Wrote the 10th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Daines introduced 8 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. 350: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act …; S. 490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act …; S. 900: A bill to designate the …; S. 953: A bill to designate the …; S. 1228: PIRATE Act; S. 1882: A bill to make available …; S. 3019: Montana Water Rights Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (88th 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 bipartisan cosponsors on the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 35 of Daines’s 60 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Daines caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Daines cosponsored 339 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 Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Daines introduced 19 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 334: Clean Water for Rural Communities …; S. 350: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act …; S. 490: B-47 Ridge Designation Act; S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act …; S. 900: A bill to designate the …; S. 953: A bill to designate the …; S. 1228: PIRATE Act; S. 1882: A bill to make available …; S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act; S. 3019: Montana Water Rights Protection Act; S.Res. 144: A resolution designating May 5, …; S.Res. 167: A resolution designating the week …; S.Res. 239: A resolution designating June 2019 …; S.Res. 258: A resolution expressing support for …; S.Res. 425: A resolution designating October 2019 …; S.Res. 574: A resolution designating the week …; S.Res. 606: A resolution designating May 5, …; S.Res. 629: A resolution designating June 2020 …; S.Res. 766: A resolution honoring the individuals …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 339 bills that Daines cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Daines introduced 60 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Daines’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. 74: No Work, No Pay Act …; S. 900: A bill to designate the …; S. 2108: Small County PILT Parity Act; S. 2407: A bill to amend title …; S. 3504: Delay REAL ID Act; S. 4239: Workforce Recovery and Training Services …; S. 4751: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity …; S. 5019: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Daines’s bills and resolutions had 327 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 Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Daines’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Daines missed 1.7% of votes (12 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Daines’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (37th 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.