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Sen. Tom Udall’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Udall’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 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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 12 of Udall’s 46 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Udall caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th bottom/follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Udall introduced 7 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 249: A bill to provide that ...; S. 254: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; S. 441: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act; S. 607: Native American Business Incubators Program ...; S. 1012: New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act ...; S. 2249: Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program ...; S.Res. 707: A resolution commemorating the 40th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 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. 249: A bill to provide that ...; S. 254: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; S. 290: HOME Act; S. 475: CCM-CARE Act; S. 661: CREATE Act of 2017; S. 721: MAR-A-LAGO Act; S. 747: Special Diabetes Program for Indians ...; S. 1061: Assuring Contracting Equity Act of ...; S. 1064: Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017; S. 2146: Urban Indian Health Parity Act; S. 2233: Native Youth and Tribal Officer ...; S. 2354: ANTIQUITIES Act of 2018; S. 2409: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of ...; S. 2519: GREENER Fuels Act; S. 2685: Farmers of Tomorrow Act; S. 3517: Prevention of Unconstitutional War with ...; S. 3543: Native American Voting Rights Act ...; S. 3715: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of ...; S.Res. 473: A resolution expressing no confidence ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); Senate Democrats (72nd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Udall introduced 0 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (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.


 

Bills Introduced

Udall introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Udall’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. 903: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1880: We the People Democracy Reform ...; S. 3543: Native American Voting Rights Act ...; S.Res. 125: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 462: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 473: A resolution expressing no confidence ...; S.Res. 707: A resolution commemorating the 40th ...; S.J.Res. 8: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Udall held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Udall cosponsored 322 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 Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 322 bills that Udall cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsors

Udall’s bills and resolutions had 294 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 Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (40th percentile); All Senators (59th 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 Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Udall missed 1.0% of votes (6 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Udall supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Udall 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Udall cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (69th 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.