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Sen. Thomas Coburn’s 2013 Report Card

Junior Senator from Oklahoma
Republican
Served Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2015


These year-end statistics cover Coburn’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding 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 Coburn’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 3rd most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Coburn missed 9.3% of votes (27 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Coburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

4 of Coburn’s bills and resolutions in 2013 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. 682: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act; S. 1404: Enumerated Powers Act; S. 1455: Exchange Verification of Eligibility to ...; S.Res. 97: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most politically right 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 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th lowest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Coburn tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16% of Coburn’s 19 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 122 bills that Coburn cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (58th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 10th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coburn introduced 1 bill in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1003: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (22nd percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Coburn introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Coburn introduced 19 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (39th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Coburn’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. 118: A bill to amend the ...; S. 682: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act; S. 972: Cutting Costly Codes Act of ...; S. 1003: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act; S. 1204: Health Care Conscience Rights Act; S. 1312: Federal Employee Accountability Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Coburn held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Coburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (29th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Coburn cosponsored 122 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 (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (34th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Coburn’s bills and resolutions had 142 cosponsors in 2013. 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 (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (58th 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 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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

Coburn cosponsored S. 994: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 2013) 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.