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Sen. Tim Scott’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Scott’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 the 12th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Scott’s bills and resolutions had 387 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (77th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (77th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Ranked 22nd 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Scott’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 24th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Scott cosponsored 236 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 (42nd percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Scott missed 1.0% of votes (7 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Scott’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Scott introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 461: HBCU PARTNERS Act; S. 1099: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; S. 4001: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash ...; S. 4209: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (57th 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 Introduced

Scott introduced 38 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Scott introduced 11 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 461: HBCU PARTNERS Act; S. 1099: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; S. 3451: FASTER Act of 2020; S. 3985: JUSTICE Act; S. 4001: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash ...; S. 4209: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash ...; S.Res. 25: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 106: A resolution commemorating the 75th ...; S.Res. 373: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 478: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 706: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Scott’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 145: CHOICE Act; S. 1667: Tax Relief for Student Success ...; S. 2994: IMPACT Act; S. 4001: Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (30th 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. 852: Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019; S. 1099: Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property ...; S. 1717: SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement ...; S. 1828: Credit Access and Inclusion Act ...; S. 1954: Integration of Baseball Commemorative Coin ...; S. 1989: PAID Act; S. 2973: Modern Worker Empowerment Act; S. 3873: Walter Scott Notification Act of ...; S. 4259: Long-Term Care Pharmacy Definition Act ...; S. 4709: PREVENT DIABETES Act; S.Res. 373: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 706: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (35th 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. 31 of Scott’s 38 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Scott caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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 (19th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 236 bills that Scott cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (54th 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.


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 the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.