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01/16/2015 03:48 pm ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

In A Do-Nothing Congress, These Members Did The Least

The 113th Congress made waves for passing a nearly record-breaking low number of laws. While it didn't earn the title of "least productive Congress" -- a title reserved for the 112th Congress -- the 113th Congress only passed 286 bills into law, hitting a record low 9 percent approval rating during the 2013 government shutdown.

Below, take a look at the most tenured members of Congress who didn't much done this term, curated by FindTheBest:

35 Members of Congress Who've Passed Zero Laws This Term | FindTheBest

These aren't the only members of Congress who didn't pass a bill into law this session, just the 35 most tenured. And there are even more members of Congress who've served six years and did not pass a bill this term; FindTheBest included those who had the lowest rate of return, sponsoring the most bills to no avail.

The 114th Congress is starting with an approval rating of 16 percent, about the same as the 113th Congress finished off. If they hope to see that change, passing a few more bills into law would be a good start.

Clarification: This article has been revised throughout to reflect that the statistics provided by FindTheBest pertain only to bills sponsored or cosponsored in the 113th Congress, and do not reflect all of the bills over the course of any congressman's tenure. The graphic has also been updated to reflect that the length of Sanford's tenure was not 20 years. He served one term as a representative from 1995 to 2001 and was re-elected in 2013.

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