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Sen. Tom Udall’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from New Mexico
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Udall’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Udall’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.

 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Udall supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Udall 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Udall sponsored S. 1176: EMPOWER Act of 2015

Udall cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act; S. 1838: Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Udall tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 16% of Udall’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 10th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 13 of Udall’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. 415: IDEA MOE Adjustment Act; S. 419: STEM 2 Act; S. 501: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement ...; S. 986: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...; S. 1163: Native American Languages Reauthorization Act ...; S. 1281: Helping Our Middle-Class Entrepreneurs Act; S. 1389: Cuba DATA Act; S. 1391: CCM-CARE Act; S. 1703: Research of Alcohol Detection Systems ...; S. 1859: A bill to assure equity ...; S. 1937: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of ...; S. 2063: Gold King Mine Spill Recovery ...; S. 2366: Spectrum Challenge Prize Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 177 bills that Udall cosponsored, 36% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (75th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 24th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Udall introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 26th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 22 others)

2 of Udall’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 697: Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety ...; S. 1163: Native American Languages Reauthorization Act ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Udall introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 501: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement ...; S. 986: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Udall introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 501: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement ...; S. 697: Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety ...; S. 986: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Udall 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 Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Udall cosponsored 177 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 (30th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Udall’s bills and resolutions had 170 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (63rd 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Udall missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.

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