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Sen. Susan Collins’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Collins’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd 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 355 bills that Collins cosponsored, 59% 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 (98th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins cosponsored 355 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 (65th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 54 of Collins’s 58 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Collins caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 16 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. 445: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; S. 602: Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act; S. 707: Main Street Fairness Act; S. 1091: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act; S. 1115: Making Pharmaceutical Markets More Competitive ...; S. 1188: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act ...; S. 2076: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2244: Promoting Women in the Aviation ...; S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug ...; S. 2835: PRINT Act; S. 3594: Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act ...; S.Res. 163: A resolution recognizing the roles ...; S.Res. 241: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 491: A resolution recognizing the Independent ...; S.Res. 505: A resolution recognizing the roles ...; S.Res. 591: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); Senate Republicans (84th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 8th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Collins supported any of 14 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. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Got the 10th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 568 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 23 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 223: Senior$afe Act of 2017; S. 1028: RAISE Family Caregivers Act; S. 1091: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act; S. 1655: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S. 2076: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug ...; S. 3023: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S.Res. 79: A resolution designating March 2, ...; S.Res. 163: A resolution recognizing the roles ...; S.Res. 172: A resolution designating May 2017 ...; S.Res. 241: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 265: A resolution designating September 22, ...; S.Res. 353: A resolution designating December 16, ...; S.Res. 422: A resolution designating March 2, ...; S.Res. 491: A resolution recognizing the Independent ...; S.Res. 505: A resolution recognizing the roles ...; S.Res. 506: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 517: A resolution designating May 2018 ...; S.Res. 591: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 638: A resolution designating September 22, ...; S.Res. 662: A resolution designating September 2018 ...; S.Res. 710: A resolution supporting Lights On ...; S.Res. 719: A resolution designating December 15, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins introduced 58 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Wrote the 19th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Collins introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 223: Senior$afe Act of 2017; S. 1028: RAISE Family Caregivers Act; S. 1091: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act; S. 1655: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S. 2076: BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act; S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Collins’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 1091: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act; S. 1498: Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum ...; S. 1730: Reach Every Mother and Child ...; S. 2554: Patient Right to Know Drug ...; S. 3394: Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act; S. 3594: Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (56th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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 (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Collins missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Collins’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.