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Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Wisconsin
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Baldwin’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Baldwin’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 their bills out of committee the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Baldwin introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2031: Ashland Breakwater Light Transfer Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

1 of Baldwin’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 2133: Fair Employment Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (8th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Democrats

Baldwin’s bills and resolutions had 83 cosponsors in the 113th 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 Freshmen (47th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Baldwin introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Ranked the 10th bottom follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Baldwin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Baldwin’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. 1299: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1552: Next Generation Research Act; S. 1952: Grants for Renewable Energy Education ...; S. 2045: American Royalties Too Act of ...; S. 2133: Fair Employment Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Baldwin missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Baldwin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (18th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most liberal 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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Baldwin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Baldwin 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. View Baldwin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Baldwin tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 29% of Baldwin’s 21 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (57th percentile); Senate Democrats (31st percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 235 bills that Baldwin cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Baldwin cosponsored 235 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 Freshmen (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Baldwin introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

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.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Baldwin supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Baldwin 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Baldwin cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (71st 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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.