March 11, 2021

NEW: Cortez Masto Named Third Most Effective Democrat in the Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is the third most effective Democratic Senator, according to a new analysis from the Center for Effective Lawmaking. As measured by the Center’s metrics, Cortez Masto stands out as the most effective Democrat serving a first term, and the Center recognized her bipartisan leadership on issues concerning law enforcement suicide and human trafficking in the 116th Congress.                                                                                                          

“Throughout my time in the Senate, I’ve focused on working across the aisle to find commonsense solutions that will improve the lives of Nevadans,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Under a Republican majority and with a Republican President, I made sure that we could pass serious, bipartisan legislation that makes a difference for Nevadans, particularly on the urgent crises of mental health and human trafficking that continue to affect our state. With Democrats in leadership, I will continue to work with all of my colleagues to ensure that we pass meaningful legislation and get things done.”

“Replacing former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Senator from Nevada in 2017, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has risen to become the third-most-effective Democratic lawmaker in the Senate, while still in her first six-year term,” said the Center for Effective Lawmaking. “She sponsored 84 bills in the 116th Congress, of which three became law. Her successful legislation was designed to address the online problem of “deep fakes,” the level of violent crimes on Native American lands, and the high level of suicides among law enforcement officers. These efforts built upon some of the problems she encountered in her previous job as Attorney General of Nevada.”

The Center for Effective Lawmaking’s Legislative Effectiveness Scores (LES) are based on the combination of fifteen metrics regarding the bills that each member of Congress sponsors, how far they move through the lawmaking process, and how substantial their policy proposals are.