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Sen. Tina Smith’s 2019 Report Card

Junior Senator from Minnesota
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2018 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Smith’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 Smith’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 present in votes compared to Senate Sophomores

Smith missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Wrote the fewest laws compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Smith introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 their bills out of committee the 2nd least often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 199: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe ...; S. 2660: Wind Energy Research and Development ...; S.Res. 382: A resolution recognizing the month ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 428 bills that Smith cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (33rd percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

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


 

Held the 5th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

Smith held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Smith’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th bottom/follower compared to Senate Democrats

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to All Senators

Smith cosponsored 428 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 Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Ranked 16th most left (~liberal) 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (31st percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Smith introduced 34 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (33rd percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Smith’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 162: Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor ...; S. 288: Justice for Native Survivors of ...; S. 555: Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare ...; S. 1593: Promoting Grid Storage Act of ...; S. 3126: Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); All Senators (52nd 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 Smith’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. 162: Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor ...; S. 199: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe ...; S. 288: Justice for Native Survivors of ...; S. 741: Cancer Drug Parity Act of ...; S. 1122: Mental Health Services for Students ...; S. 1160: Supporting Family Mental Health in ...; S. 1359: Clean Energy Standard Act of ...; S. 1593: Promoting Grid Storage Act of ...; S. 1903: Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One ...; S. 2004: Emergency Access to Insulin Act ...; S. 2373: Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization ...; S. 2670: 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th percentile); All Senators (62nd 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. 19 of Smith’s 34 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Smith caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 216 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (31st percentile); All Senators (50th 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 2019) 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.