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Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s 2019 Report Card

Junior Senator from Illinois
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Duckworth’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 Duckworth’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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Duckworth introduced 59 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (69th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to Senate Sophomores

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Duckworth introduced 10 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 298: Springfield Race Riot National Historic ...; S. 876: Energy Jobs for our Heroes ...; S. 1014: Route 66 Centennial Commission Act; S. 1739: Department of Energy National Labs ...; S. 2035: TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization ...; S. 2638: Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement ...; S.Res. 165: A resolution recognizing the importance ...; S.Res. 216: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 328: A resolution honoring the life, ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution designating November 2019 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Sophomores

10 of Duckworth’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. 233: EPA Special Hiring Authority Transparency ...; S. 505: Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act ...; S. 621: PROVE Act; S. 758: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage ...; S. 1739: Department of Energy National Labs ...; S. 2665: Federal Travel Transparency Act; S. 2679: Citizenship for Children of Military ...; S.Res. 29: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 130: A resolution recognizing the significance ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution designating November 2019 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 of Duckworth’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. 465: Heroes Lesley Zerebny and Gilbert ...; S. 505: Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act ...; S. 562: Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act; S. 621: PROVE Act; S. 758: Equal Access to Abortion Coverage ...; S. 1402: Honoring Family-Friendly Workplaces Act; S. 1573: Veterans Preventive Health Coverage Fairness ...; S. 1612: Community College to Career Fund ...; S. 1739: Department of Energy National Labs ...; S. 1761: A bill to direct the ...; S. 1816: Safe Cribs Act of 2019; S. 2027: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2210: Great Lakes Water Protection Act; S. 2278: School Bus Safety Act of ...; S. 2291: Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design ...; S. 2797: Military Family Parole in Place ...; S. 2825: Veteran Employment and Child Care ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

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

Duckworth’s bills and resolutions had 274 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 Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Sophomores

Duckworth missed 4.7% of votes (20 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Duckworth’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 17th most bills compared to All Senators

Duckworth cosponsored 403 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 Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Duckworth introduced 1 bill 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. 1739: Department of Energy National Labs ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (20th 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.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Duckworth’s 59 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Duckworth caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (56th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Duckworth 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. View Duckworth’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 403 bills that Duckworth cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Ideology Score

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 Duckworth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (56th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 Duckworth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (48th 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.