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Sen. Timothy “Tim” Kaine’s 2018 Report Card

Junior Senator from Virginia
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Kaine’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 Kaine’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.

 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Democrats

Kaine introduced 6 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. 331: A bill to remove the ...; S. 392: 400 Years of African-American History ...; S. 691: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes ...; S. 730: A bill to extend the ...; S. 754: Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of ...; S.J.Res. 22: A joint resolution granting the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Kaine’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. 331: A bill to remove the ...; S. 592: Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship ...; S. 691: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes ...; S. 1328: Fair and Equal Housing Act ...; S. 1814: Middle STEP Act; S. 2379: Military Spouse Employment Act of ...; S.Res. 624: A resolution commemorating Arthur Ashe, ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

4 of Kaine’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. 754: Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of ...; S. 1328: Fair and Equal Housing Act ...; S. 2379: Military Spouse Employment Act of ...; S.Res. 87: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Introduced the 12th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Kaine introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Kaine missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Kaine’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Kaine introduced 11 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 331: A bill to remove the ...; S. 392: 400 Years of African-American History ...; S. 691: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes ...; S. 730: A bill to extend the ...; S. 754: Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of ...; S.Res. 66: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 142: A resolution commemorating the 10th ...; S.Res. 193: A resolution commending the bravery ...; S.Res. 416: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 624: A resolution commemorating Arthur Ashe, ...; S.J.Res. 22: A joint resolution granting the ...

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Kaine’s 35 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Kaine caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Kaine 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 Kaine’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Kaine cosponsored 342 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 Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 342 bills that Kaine cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Kaine’s bills and resolutions had 301 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 Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 Kaine’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (26th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Kaine’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Kaine supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Kaine 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Kaine cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (54th 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.