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Sen. Susan Collins’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Maine
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Collins’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 Collins’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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 338 bills that Collins cosponsored, 54% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Ranked most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins cosponsored 338 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 (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

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

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Collins’s 47 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 450 cosponsors in the 114th 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 (72nd percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked the 19th 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 of Collins’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. 266: Retirement Security Act of 2015; S. 578: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; S. 616: Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and ...; S. 804: Medicare CGM Access Act of ...; S. 965: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 1516: POWER Act; S. 1828: Federal Information Security Management Reform ...; S. 2068: Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act; S. 2672: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S.Res. 257: A resolution congratulating Captain Kristen ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 6 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 534: Immigration Rule of Law Act ...; S. 1632: A bill to require a ...; S. 1719: RAISE Family Caregivers Act; S. 2745: Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and ...; S. 2844: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S.Res. 418: A resolution recognizing Hafsat Abiola, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Collins 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 Collins’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Collins introduced 47 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Collins’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 30: Forty Hours Is Full Time ...; S. 578: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; S. 1003: Trade Adjustment Assistance Enhancement Act ...; S. 2745: Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and ...; S.Res. 257: A resolution congratulating Captain Kristen ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Collins introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1632: A bill to require a ...; S. 2745: Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (40th 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.


 

Missed Votes

Collins missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Collins’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Collins supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Collins 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Collins cosponsored S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (44th 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 114th Congress) 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.