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Sen. Susan Collins’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Collins’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 361 bills that Collins cosponsored, 62% 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 (99th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins cosponsored 361 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 (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got the 2nd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins’s bills and resolutions had 514 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (81st percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (4th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 49 of Collins’s 52 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Collins caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Collins’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Collins introduced 52 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Collins introduced 20 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 240: Taxpayer Identity Protection Act of ...; S. 253: Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools ...; S. 321: Retirement Security Act of 2019; S. 349: Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act ...; S. 995: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1602: BEST Act; S. 1657: Kay Hagan Tick Act; S. 2520: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...; S.Res. 88: A resolution designating March 1, ...; S.Res. 126: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 197: A resolution recognizing the roles ...; S.Res. 210: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 241: A resolution designating May 2019 ...; S.Res. 260: A resolution recognizing the importance ...; S.Res. 295: A resolution designating the month ...; S.Res. 327: A resolution designating September 23, ...; S.Res. 348: A resolution proclaiming the week ...; S.Res. 383: A resolution supporting Lights on ...; S.Res. 440: A resolution designating December 14, ...; S.Res. 451: A resolution congratulating astronauts Dr. ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Collins introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 240: Taxpayer Identity Protection Act of ...; S. 321: Retirement Security Act of 2019; S. 349: Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act ...; S. 2520: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (90th 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

5 of Collins’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 181: Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act; S. 959: Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum ...; S. 995: Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1602: BEST Act; S. 1657: Kay Hagan Tick Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 296: Home Health Care Planning Improvement ...; S. 433: Home Health Payment Innovation Act ...; S. 591: Guardianship Accountability Act of 2019; S. 659: Biologic Patent Transparency Act; S. 1602: BEST Act; S. 1657: Kay Hagan Tick Act; S. 1784: Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act ...; S. 1803: Educational Opportunity and Success Act ...; S. 2214: Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).

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


 

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 (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Collins missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. 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 2019) 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.