FiscalNote Names Most Effective U.S. Federal Legislators

Posted By: FiscalNote

Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Is Most Effective Senator; Donald Young (R-AK) Is Most Effective Congressman

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Scores 8.8; House Speaker Paul Ryan Scores 7.6

FiscalNote Legislative Effectiveness Score Looks At 12 Factors; Continually Calculated By Company’s Breakthrough GRM Platform


WASHINGTON DC—April 27, 2017 — FiscalNote, the Washington DC-based company that dramatically improves the way organizations engage with government, today announced the most effective Federal legislators in the United States.

“Legislative effectiveness is one of the key factors our government relationship management platform uses in assessing which officials matter most for a given issue or jurisdiction,” said Tim Hwang, FiscalNote CEO. “With hundreds of votes per session and meticulous record-keeping in both chambers, the data on Federal and state legislators is extensive. That kind of deep analysis also lets us predict the likelihood of a given bill passing in a given session, as well as whether an individual legislator will support or oppose it.”

FiscalNote’s Legislative Effectiveness Score measures how successful a legislator is at sponsoring and steering legislation through each important stage of the legislative process, all the way through enactment.

The company’s proprietary algorithm weights 12 factors for each individual, including bills sponsored, bills out of committee, bills to the floor and bills enacted, with each stage receiving more importance. A legislator’s score for each stage is further weighted by whether the bill is substantive (i.e., attempts meaningful change) or non-substantive (e.g., a resolution, memorial or commendation) as well as the legislator’s performance relative to other members of the chamber. Legislators are also categorized by ideology.

Values for each factor are then normalized and used to rank multiple legislators as well as identify a percentile of effectiveness.

Legislators can be scored for overall effectiveness as well as on specific subject areas. For subject scores, only bills related to that topic are considered. Further, legislators can be scored on effectiveness across all sessions of Congress in which they’ve served or just for individual sessions. For cumulative scores, the methodology favor legislators with long tenures of service.

The FiscalNote GRM platform produces similar assessments for state legislators.

Hatch, Young Lead Peers at Federal Level

The Top 10 most effective U.S. Senators – all with an overall score in the 91st percentile or better – are:

1. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – top policy issue: legal affairs

2. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – top policy issue: crime

3. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) – top policy issue: communications

4. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – top policy issue: foreign affairs

5. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) – top policy issues: government administration; labor and employment

6. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) – top policy issues: legal affairs; families & children

7. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) – top policy issues: government administration; legal affairs

8. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) – top policy issues: government administration; travel & leisure

9. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) – top policy issue: labor & employment

10.Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) – top policy issues: trade; foreign affairs

The Government Administration category includes bills related to all aspects of government operation, including elections and campaign finance, Federal agencies, Federal executives, Federal Legislature, municipal governments, Social Security, state agencies, state executives, and state legislators.

The most effective U.S. Representatives – all with an overall score in the 97th percentile or better – are:

1. Congressman Don Young (R-AK) – top policy issue: public resources

2. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) – top policy issues: communications; legal affairs

3. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) – top policy issues: government administration; labor & employment

4. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) – top policy issue: legal affairs

5. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) – top policy issues: government administration; labor & employment

6. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) – top policy issues: government administration; families & children

7. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) – top policy issues: government administration; arts & humanities

8. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) – top policy issues: government administration; consumers

9. Congressman William Lacy (D-MO) – top policy issues: government administration; foreign affairs

10.Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) – top policy issue: trade

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s legislative effectiveness is scored at 8.8, putting him in the top 89% percentile of all Senators. House Speaker Paul Ryan scores 7.6, putting him in the 74th percentile all Representatives.

Other interesting findings from this analysis are available here.

About FiscalNote GRM

FiscalNote created government relationship management (GRM) category a year ago with the first comprehensive engagement platform, services, and mobile application.

The platform is now the most effective solution for managing government impact and public issues. It aggregates global public data and internal data, delivering contextual insights via elegant workflow and collaboration tools that support an enterprise-based approach to modern government affairs – and the entire system learns over time. The platform marries deep data mining and breakthrough machine-learning techniques.

More than 200 companies rely on FiscalNote GRM and its services. The platform automatically tracks and analyzes data on more than 1.5 million active pieces of legislation, 800,000 federal and state regulations, more than 19,000 legislators and their staffers, more than 10 million regulatory comments, more than 6,000 watch lists, and more than 125,000 individual entities. Data is automatically collected from more than 150 sources at least four times every day.

About FiscalNote

FiscalNote has reinvented influence – dramatically improving the way organizations build and manage their relationships with all levels of government, and empowering them to have maximum impact on legislation and regulation. The company has raised more than $30 million from prominent early-stage investors including Renren, First Round Capital, Green Visor Capital, MediaToday, NEA, Visionnaire Ventures, Steve Case, Mark Cuban and Jerry Yang/AME Cloud Ventures. More than 200 organizations use the company’s proprietary tools and services. The growing number of enterprise companies depending on FiscalNote – from startups through global multinationals – include Akin Gump, Amazon, AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DeVry Education Group, Dish Network, Expedia, Fidelity, Freddie Mac, HealthSouth, Illinois Tool Works, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, The Kraft Heinz Co, Microsoft, Pew Research, Sallie Mae, Salesforce, Schlumberger, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Tenet, Thomson Reuters, Walgreens and Whataburger. Non-profits and advocacy groups relying on FiscalNote include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Boys & Girls Clubs of America,, Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Education Association, and the University of Virginia’s Law School.

FiscalNote is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and CEO Tim Hwang is a WEF New Champion.

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