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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.

 

Bills Out of Committee

5th fewest bills among 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 a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 17 0
15 bills View All
Senate Democrats 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

5th fewest bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 6th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 17 0
12 bills View All
Senate Democrats 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

7th most bills among Senate Freshmen

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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 7th most bills out of 17 112
403 bills View All
Senate Democrats 26th fewest bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
All Senators 50th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

8th fewest cosponsors among 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Freshmen 9th fewest cosponsors out of 17 23
809 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 8th fewest cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 18th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

8th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 1 other

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

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 7th most bills out of 17 7
62 bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
All Senators 25th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

10th worst score among 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.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Freshmen 8th best score out of 17
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Senate Democrats 10th worst score out of 53
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All Senators 21st worst score out of 100
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Working with the House

12th fewest bills among 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 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 7th most bills out of 17 0
15 bills View All
Senate Democrats 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
All Senators 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

12th most voting among All Senators; tied with 5 others

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

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Freshmen 4th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 17 0
8% missed votes View All
All Senators 12th most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

17th lowest % of bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 1 other

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.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Freshmen 6th highest % of bills out of 14 5
65% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 17th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 40th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 1) out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

23rd most liberal among 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.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Freshmen 6th most liberal out of 17
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Senate Democrats 22nd most liberal out of 53
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All Senators 23rd most liberal out of 100
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Government Transparency

17th most supportive among All Senators; tied with 12 others

GovTrack looked at whether Baldwin supported any of 8 government transparency 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.

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Freshmen the most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 17 0
2 points View All
Senate Democrats 15th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 53 0
8 points View All
All Senators 17th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

27th least bipartisan among All Senators

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

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Freshmen 7th least bipartisan out of 16 14
38% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 27th least bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 27th least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

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. 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 Baldwin’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Freshmen lowest score along with 5 others out of 17 0
2 points View All
Senate Democrats the lowest score (tied w/ 5) out of 53 0
16 points View All
All Senators the lowest score (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

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. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen fewest bills along with 11 others out of 17 0
2 laws View All
Senate Democrats fewest bills along with 16 others out of 53 0
7 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 31 others out of 100 0
7 laws View All

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.

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.

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.