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Sen. Tom Udall’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him 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 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.

 

Cosponsored the 7th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats

Udall cosponsored 223 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 (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 22 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. 229: Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act; S. 256: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; S. 294: Native American Business Incubators Program ...; S. 326: RAIDER Act of 2019; S. 367: ANTIQUITIES Act; S. 554: Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act; S. 675: Prompt and Fast Action to ...; S. 769: MAR-A-LAGO Act; S. 886: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension ...; S. 1039: Prevention of Unconstitutional War with ...; S. 1079: Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection ...; S. 1307: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of ...; S. 1499: Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of ...; S. 1832: Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019; S. 1875: Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act ...; S. 2010: CCM-CARE Act; S. 2365: Health Care Access for Urban ...; S. 2456: Clean Water Through Green Infrastructure ...; S. 2873: Growing Renewable Energy through Existing ...; S. 2891: Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of ...; S.J.Res. 10: A joint resolution relating to ...; S.J.Res. 54: A joint resolution relating to ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 14th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Udall’s bills and resolutions had 448 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 Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Introduced the 19th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Udall introduced 54 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Udall introduced 2 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. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 256: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; S. 675: Prompt and Fast Action to ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Udall introduced 8 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 256: Esther Martinez Native American Languages ...; S. 294: Native American Business Incubators Program ...; S. 675: Prompt and Fast Action to ...; S. 886: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension ...; S. 1853: BADGES for Native Communities Act; S. 2365: Health Care Access for Urban ...; S.Res. 300: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.J.Res. 54: A joint resolution relating to ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Udall’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. 326: RAIDER Act of 2019; S. 739: Native American Voting Rights Act ...; S. 949: For the People Act of ...; S. 3106: Reforestation Act of 2019; S.J.Res. 51: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 15 of Udall’s 54 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Udall caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

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 (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 223 bills that Udall cosponsored, 24% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (44th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (36th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (30th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Udall’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Udall missed 1.2% of votes (5 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Udall’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); All Senators (46th 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.