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Sen. Todd Young’s 2018 Report Card

Senior Senator from Indiana
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2017 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Young’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 Young’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 bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 31 of Young’s 42 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Young caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Young 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. 963: Social Impact Partnerships to Pay ...; S. 1182: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 2276: Good Accounting Obligation in Government ...; S. 3008: Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); 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.


 

Supported government transparency the least oftenn compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Young supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Young 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

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


 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to Senate Freshmen

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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to Senate Freshmen

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 Young’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Held the 4th fewest committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Young 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 Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 218 bills that Young cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (84th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Young introduced 8 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 963: Social Impact Partnerships to Pay ...; S. 1182: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 2276: Good Accounting Obligation in Government ...; S. 2432: National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter ...; S. 3008: Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management ...; S.Res. 114: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 345: A resolution designating August 3, ...; S.J.Res. 58: A joint resolution to require ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 14th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 10 others)

3 of Young’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. 418: Department of State and United ...; S. 1182: National Flood Insurance Program Extension ...; S. 2276: Good Accounting Obligation in Government ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (20th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 22nd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 6 of Young’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. 1257: Modernizing the Interstate Placement of ...; S. 2579: Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases ...; S. 2656: Department of Veterans Affairs Oversight ...; S. 3008: Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management ...; S. 3402: National Airmail Museum Act; S.J.Res. 31: Authorization for Use of Military ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Young introduced 42 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Young cosponsored 218 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 Freshmen (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Young’s bills and resolutions had 205 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 Freshmen (70th percentile); Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Young missed 0.7% of votes (4 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Young’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (40th percentile); All Senators (33rd 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.