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Sen. Thad Cochran’s 2016 Report Card

Senior Senator from Mississippi
Republican
Serving Jan 15, 1979 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Cochran’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Leadership Score

4th worst score among 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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cochran’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Serving 10+ Years 3rd worst score out of 47
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Senate Republicans 3rd worst score out of 54
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All Senators 4th worst score out of 100
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Cosponsors

4th fewest cosponsors among All Senators

Cochran’s bills and resolutions had 39 cosponsors in the 114th 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
Serving 10+ Years 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest cosponsors out of 54 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 4th fewest cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the House

3rd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 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. 1013: Ensuring Access to Quality Complex ...; S. 1211: A bill to amend title ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 1
40 bills View All
Senate Republicans 2nd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 3rd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

5th fewest bills among All Senators

Cochran introduced 13 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 3rd fewest bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th fewest bills out of 54 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 5th fewest bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

6th fewest bills among All Senators

Cochran tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 2 of Cochran’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 4th fewest bills out of 47 0
49 bills View All
Senate Republicans 5th fewest bills out of 54 1
49 bills View All
All Senators 6th fewest bills out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

13th most bills among All Senators; tied with 8 others

Cochran introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1558: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...; S. 2129: An Act Making Appropriations to ...; S. 2130: An Act Making Appropriations for ...; S. 2131: An Act Making Appropriations for ...; S. 3350: Clarification of Treatment of Electronic ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
15 View All
Senate Republicans 12th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
15 View All
All Senators 13th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
15 View All

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.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

18th most bipartisan among Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 215 bills that Cochran cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Serving 10+ Years 19th least bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 18th most bipartisan out of 54 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 40th least bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Missed Votes

19th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Cochran missed 1.6% of votes (8 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cochran’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 19th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 48th most voting (tied w/ 5) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

27th most bills among All Senators; tied with 7 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cochran introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1558: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...; S. 2129: An Act Making Appropriations to ...; S. 2130: An Act Making Appropriations for ...; S. 2131: An Act Making Appropriations for ...; S. 2132: An Act Making Appropriations to ...; S. 2177: Medgar Evers House Study Act; S. 3000: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 27th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

33rd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

Cochran cosponsored 215 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
Serving 10+ Years 16th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 74
426 bills View All
Senate Republicans 27th most bills out of 54 74
432 bills View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

29th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 15 others

GovTrack looked at whether Cochran supported any of 22 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Serving 10+ Years 14th least supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 47 0
11 points View All
Senate Republicans 16th most supportive (tied w/ 10) out of 54 0
10 points View All
All Senators 29th least supportive (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

0 of Cochran’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
19 bills View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
19 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

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. 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 Cochran’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Serving 10+ Years 8th highest score (tied w/ 22) out of 47 0
12 points View All
Senate Republicans 7th highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 10th highest score (tied w/ 24) out of 100 0
16 points View All

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.