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Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s 2020 Report Card

Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary
Junior Senator from Wisconsin
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Baldwin’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Baldwin was busy being Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

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.

 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to Senate Democrats

Baldwin introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 679: HAVEN Act; S. 1069: Digital Coast Act; S. 1153: Stop Student Debt Relief Scams ...; S. 1196: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1287: Strengthening Buy America for Small ...; S. 1621: Boosting Rates of American Veteran ...; S. 2569: Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (82nd 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.


 

Held the 3rd fewest committee positions compared to Senate Party Leaders (tied with 3 others)

Baldwin held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

14 of Baldwin’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 679: HAVEN Act; S. 851: Workplace Violence Prevention for Health ...; S. 1069: Digital Coast Act; S. 1153: Stop Student Debt Relief Scams ...; S. 1196: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1394: Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act; S. 1556: No Junk Plans Act; S. 2712: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3020: Commitment to Veteran Support and ...; S. 3487: Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of ...; S. 3627: Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery ...; S. 3677: COVID–19 Every Worker Protection Act ...; S.Res. 207: A resolution congratulating the Senate ...; S.Res. 593: A resolution to recognize the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators

Baldwin missed 0.4% of votes (3 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Baldwin’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (21st percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 15th most bills compared to All Senators

Baldwin cosponsored 657 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 Party Leaders (79th percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Ranked 15th most politically left 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Baldwin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Ranked the 17th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Baldwin’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 18th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Baldwin’s bills and resolutions had 662 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Party Leaders (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 21st most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 37 of Baldwin’s 69 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Baldwin caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 21st most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 27 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. 30: Chiropractic Health Parity for Military ...; S. 654: COMMUTE Act; S. 669: Air Carrier Access Amendments Act ...; S. 679: HAVEN Act; S. 792: DAIRY PRIDE Act; S. 1009: Early Detection to Stop Infant ...; S. 1027: National Scenic Trails Parity Act; S. 1069: Digital Coast Act; S. 1153: Stop Student Debt Relief Scams ...; S. 1196: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1502: Access to Capital Creates Economic ...; S. 1621: Boosting Rates of American Veteran ...; S. 1880: Treatment Family Care Services Act; S. 1955: Made in America Act of ...; S. 2655: Working Students Act; S. 2712: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2735: Advancing Youth Enrollment Act; S. 2982: Volunteer First Responder Housing Act; S. 3020: Commitment to Veteran Support and ...; S. 3487: Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of ...; S. 3507: A bill to require the ...; S. 3627: Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery ...; S. 3677: COVID–19 Every Worker Protection Act ...; S. 3785: Farming Support to States Act ...; S.Res. 170: A resolution recognizing the Fifth ...; S.Res. 175: A resolution supporting increased awareness ...; S.Con.Res. 41: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Baldwin introduced 69 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (48th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Baldwin introduced 10 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 679: HAVEN Act; S. 1069: Digital Coast Act; S. 1153: Stop Student Debt Relief Scams ...; S. 1196: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1287: Strengthening Buy America for Small ...; S. 1621: Boosting Rates of American Veteran ...; S. 2569: Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health ...; S. 2712: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 270: A resolution recognizing the 50th ...; S.Res. 648: A resolution designating August 2020 ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 657 bills that Baldwin cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).

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


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.