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Sen. Tina Smith’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Minnesota
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2018 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Smith’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare her 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

Smith cosponsored 713 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 (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (80th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Held the 10th fewest committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 9 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 (11th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

13 of Smith’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. 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. 2660: Wind Energy Research and Development ...; S. 3126: Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement ...; S. 3448: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces ...; S. 3499: Free COVID-19 Testing Act; S. 3650: Coverage for Urban Indian Health ...; S. 3652: All Dependents Count Act of ...; S. 3738: COVID–19 Testing Inventory Act; S. 4562: Tribal Health Data Improvement Act ...; S. 4745: Stop COVID–19 Test Surprise Medical ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Ranked 20th most politically left 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 Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (20th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

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

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

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Smith introduced 2 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. 199: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe ...; S. 3499: Free COVID-19 Testing Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (10th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (14th 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

Smith introduced 76 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Smith introduced 10 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 199: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe ...; S. 1160: Supporting Family Mental Health in ...; S. 2660: Wind Energy Research and Development ...; S. 3499: Free COVID-19 Testing Act; S. 3650: Coverage for Urban Indian Health ...; S.Res. 382: A resolution recognizing the month ...; S.Res. 687: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 769: A resolution recognizing October 2020 ...; S.Res. 771: A resolution designating October 2020, ...; S.Res. 780: A resolution designating November 2020 ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 22 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; S. 2855: Insulin Affordability Data Collection Act; S. 3090: Public Housing Fire Safety Act; S. 3323: Credit Union Governance Modernization Act ...; S. 3654: Rural Health Relief Act; S. 4060: Open Back Better Act of ...; S. 4355: Katherine’s Lung Cancer Early Detection ...; S. 4437: High School Student Unemployment Eligibility ...; S. 4477: Strengthening Social Connections Act of ...; S. 4745: Stop COVID–19 Test Surprise Medical ...; S.Res. 687: A resolution honoring the life ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (71st 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. 33 of Smith’s 76 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Smith caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).

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


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 713 bills that Smith cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (54th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Smith’s bills and resolutions had 432 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 Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (64th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Smith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


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.