Congressional Report Card

Looking at how effective our congress is. We evaluated all congress-persons from the 113, 114, and 115th sessions up congress gave them a grade based on their relative ranking compared to their peers.

Range breakdowns are as follows:
A range = 8%, B range = 22%, C range = 36%, D = 18%, F = 16% (Note: Average = C grade, A being best, F being worst)

Grades are calculated based on rankings that take into account committee membership, committee leadership, voting alignment (bipartisan voting strategies favored), votes missed (high # of votes missed penalized), bills sponsored, and bills sponsored that passed.
All data was collected from ProPublica's congress API

Created by Abhinav Suri, Katie Jiang, Lutong Cai, and Loujeine Boutar

Benjamin L. Cardin

Party Democrat
Currently in office? Yes
Role
State MD
Effectiveness Score A
Committees

Committee Rank: 39/530

Committee Chair Rank: 8/88

Committee Code Title Rank in Committee
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe JCSE Member 1
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works SSEV Member 2
Senate Committee on Finance SSFI Member 7
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations SSFR Member 2
Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship SSSB Ranking Member 1
Votes & Bills
% Votes with Party Line 95.82% (114th congress. Rank is 349/537)
96.64% (115th congress. Rank is 423/537)
Missed Votes 0 (114th congress. Rank is 6/537)
1 (115th congress. Rank is 50/537)
Bills Sponsored 19 (Bill ranking is 197/537,537/537)
Bill Information
Bill ID Title Congress Is Active? House Passage Senate Passage Enacted
sres542-113 A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Save for Retirement Week, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy. 113 senate True 2014-09-11 False
sres290-113 A resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass. 113 senate True 2013-11-12 False
sres145-113 A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2013 to bring attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 113 senate True 2013-05-16 False
s476-113 A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. 113 house True 2014-09-17 2014-07-09 2014-09-19
sres508-113 A resolution commemorating the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Congressional Research Service. 113 senate True 2014-07-17 False
sres222-113 A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Save for Retirement week, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy. 113 senate True 2013-09-11 False
sres56-113 A resolution recognizing the significance of the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Ross Tubman. 113 senate True 2013-02-26 False
sres550-113 A resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner". 113 senate True 2014-09-16 False
sres427-113 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate about the importance of effective civic education programs in schools in the United States. 113 senate True 2014-04-29 False
sres182-113 A resolution congratulating the American Dental Hygienists' Association on the 100th anniversary of the profession of dental hygiene and commending its work to improve the oral health of the people of the United States. 113 senate True 2013-06-21 False
s599-114 A bill to extend and expand the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project. 114 house True 2015-11-16 2015-09-28 2015-12-01
sres540-113 A resolution recognizing September 15, 2014, as the International Day of Democracy, affirming the role of civil society as a cornerstone of democracy, and encouraging all governments to stand with civil society in the face of mounting restrictions on civil society organizations. 113 senate True 2014-12-03 False
sres458-113 A resolution recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust survivors and their contributions to the United States of America. 113 senate True 2014-05-22 False
sres258-113 A resolution expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, 2013. 113 senate True 2013-09-25 False
sres136-113 A resolution recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1953, and congratulating Park Geun-Hye on her election to the Presidency of the Republic of Korea. 113 senate True 2013-05-09 False
s476-113 A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. 113 senate True 2014-09-17 2014-07-09 2014-09-19
sres428-113 A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2014, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States, such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders. 113 senate True 2014-04-29 False
sres208-113 A resolution designating the week beginning September 8, 2013, as "National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week". 113 senate True 2013-07-31 False
sres35-113 A resolution congratulating the Baltimore Ravens for winning Super Bowl XLVII. 113 senate True 2013-02-14 False