Sen. Alan “Al” Franken

Senator from Minnesota, Democrat

Franken, a Democrat, has been the junior senator from Minnesota since Jul 7, 2009 (next election in 2020).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Franken has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Franken is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Franken for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Alan “Al” Franken sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Franken sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (29%) Education (27%) Energy (11%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Labor and Employment (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (4%) Law (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Franken’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Franken’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 764: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
Jul 7, 2016. Motion Agreed to.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jul 2009 to Sep 2016, Franken missed 19 of 2,112 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: