During her eight years in the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton sponsored just three bills that eventually became law.
Clinton served as the junior senator from New York from January 2001 to January 2009, during George W. Bush’s presidency. The three pieces of legislation that became law named a highway, renamed a post office and designated a historic site.
The first piece of legislation S.3145, designated a portion of U.S. Route 20A, located in Orchard Park, N.Y., as the “Timothy J. Russert Highway,” after the former “Meet the Press” host.
The second piece of legislation S. 3613, renamed the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2951 New York Highway 43 in Averill Park, New York, as the “Major George Quamo Post Office Building.”
The third piece, S. 1241 made the brick house of 19th century female union leader Kate Mullany a national historic site.While a senator, Clinton sponsored 703 pieces of legislation and with only three bills that became law, she had a .004 average. Clinton did, however, co-sponsor 2,676 pieces of legislation, 74 of which became law.
Comparatively, Barack Obama sponsored 275 pieces of legislation as a senator, two of which became law.
Other senators in the 2016 race haven’t faired much better. Thus far, [crscore]Rand Paul[/crscore], a senator since 2011 has sponsored 441 bills, zero of which have become law.
[crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], who has been a senator since 2011 has sponsored 275 bills, one of which has become law.
[crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore], a senator since 2013 has sponsored 165 bills, one of which has become law.
Rick Santorum, a member of the House of Representatives from 1991-1994 and the Senate from 1995 until 2006, sponsored 703 pieces of legislation. Six of those bills became law.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was a representative from 1991 until 2006 and has been a senator since 2007. He has sponsored 780 bills, three of which have become law.