Mr. Sessions' spokesman disputed using laws sponsored as a yardstick for effectiveness, saying it didn't account for the bills he helped write but for which he wasn't the chief sponsor, and it also doesn't account for amendments he attached, which often constitute major policy changes.
"Sens. Johanns and Risch were the only two freshmen elected in 2008 and as such have only served in a period of historic gridlock caused by the majority refusing to allow the Senate to function," he said. "Legislation has been blocked and the Senate floor schedule has been dictated by what the Democrats deem will help them politically — bringing up Republican legislation probably doesn't fit into that category."