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Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Duckworth’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.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Sophomores

Duckworth introduced 6 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. 298: Springfield Race Riot National Historic ...; S. 1014: Route 66 Centennial Commission Act; S. 1739: Department of Energy National Labs ...; S. 2638: Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement ...; S. 2679: Citizenship for Children of Military ...; S. 3474: Women Who Worked on the ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

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 13 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 2679: Citizenship for Children of Military ...; S. 3474: Women Who Worked on the ...; S. 3782: Small Business Lending Continuity Act ...; 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 (74th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Duckworth introduced 85 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (63rd percentile); All Senators (78th 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. 25 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. 1401: ESP Family Leave Act; 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 ...; S. 3382: NIST Plumbing Research Act of ...; S. 3633: A bill to require the ...; S. 3679: Newborn CARES Act; S. 3724: No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans ...; S. 3755: Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of ...; S. 3791: National Guard COVID–19 Response Stability ...; S. 4369: Public Health Air Quality Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (77th 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 450 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 Sophomores (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (46th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

17 of Duckworth’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. 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. 3406: Interagency Committee on Women’s Business ...; S. 3633: A bill to require the ...; S. 3679: Newborn CARES Act; S. 3680: A bill to require the ...; S. 3724: No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans ...; S. 3782: Small Business Lending Continuity Act ...; S.Res. 29: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 130: A resolution recognizing the significance ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution designating November 2019 ...; S.Res. 685: A resolution honoring the service ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 18th most bills compared to All Senators

Duckworth cosponsored 618 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 (61st percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 25 of Duckworth’s 85 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Duckworth caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (56th 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 (20th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 618 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 (57th percentile); All Senators (46th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Duckworth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (54th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Duckworth’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (37th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Duckworth missed 3.2% of votes (23 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Duckworth’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


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.