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Sen. Thad Cochran’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Mississippi
Republican
Served Jan 15, 1979 – Apr 1, 2018


These special statistics cover Cochran’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him 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 Cochran’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.

 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Cochran missed 17.2% of votes (113 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Cochran’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Cochran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Got the 3rd fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Cochran’s bills and resolutions had 52 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 256 bills that Cochran cosponsored, 47% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th lowest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Cochran tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 9% of Cochran’s 11 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (6th percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

Cochran introduced 3 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 »

Those bills were: S. 212: A bill to approve the ...; S. 304: Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance ...; S. 1093: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (83rd 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.


 

Introduced the 6th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Cochran introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cochran held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Cochran’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Cochran’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. 212: A bill to approve the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).

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


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cochran introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 212: A bill to approve the ...; S. 304: Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance ...; S. 305: Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and ...; S. 1093: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Cochran’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.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cochran supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cochran 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cochran cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cochran cosponsored 256 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (68th percentile); Senate Republicans (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (67th 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.