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Sen. Tim Scott’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from South Carolina
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Scott’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 Scott’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.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

2 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 235: CHOICE Act; S. 1610: Walter Scott Notification Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 19th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Scott cosponsored 182 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 Republicans (36th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Introduced the 25th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Scott introduced 30 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got the 26th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 159 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 25th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 17 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Scott supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Scott 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Scott cosponsored S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 666: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1685: Credit Score Competition Act of ...; S. 2465: Sickle Cell Disease and Other ...; S. 2498: Protecting Children From Identity Theft ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (53rd 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 666: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1459: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie ...; S. 1685: Credit Score Competition Act of ...; S. 2465: Sickle Cell Disease and Other ...; S. 2498: Protecting Children From Identity Theft ...; S.Res. 26: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 141: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 273: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 381: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 661: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Scott’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. 235: CHOICE Act; S. 293: Investing in Opportunity Act; S. 666: A bill to amend the ...; S. 824: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; S. 1459: Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie ...; S. 1976: Increasing Access to Care Act; S. 2940: Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018; S. 3177: Primary Regulators of Insurance Vote ...; S.Res. 134: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 141: A resolution congratulating the University ...; S.Res. 273: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 661: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Scott’s 30 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scott caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Scott 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 Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 182 bills that Scott cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (34th percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).

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


 

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (34th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Scott missed 0.8% of votes (5 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (39th 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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.