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Sen. Thomas Coburn’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Coburn’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 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 most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Coburn missed 19.9% of votes (131 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Coburn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coburn introduced 6 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1003: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act; S. 1045: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1347: Conference Accountability Act of 2014; S. 2113: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act; S. 2651: DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act ...; S. 2873: National Park System Donor Acknowledgment ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Coburn cosponsored 179 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 (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most conservative 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Wrote the 11th fewest laws compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 8 others)

Coburn introduced 1 bill 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. 2651: DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (32nd 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.


 

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); All Senators (59th 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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coburn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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 ...; S. 1524: PRO Sports Act; S. 2278: Safeguarding Care Of Patients Everywhere ...; S. 2370: Orphan Earmarks Act; S. 2852: State Regulatory Representation Clarification Act ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 179 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 (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (29th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Coburn introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (39th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Coburn tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 23% of Coburn’s 31 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Coburn’s bills and resolutions had 211 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 (44th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Coburn’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.

Those bills were: S. 682: Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act; S. 1404: Enumerated Powers Act; S. 1455: Exchange Verification of Eligibility to ...; S. 2651: DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act ...; S.Res. 97: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (58th 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: DATA Act

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