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Sen. Alejandro “Alex” Padilla

Senator for California

pronounced A-liks // puh-DEE-yuh

Padilla is the junior senator from California and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 20, 2021. Padilla is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Sen. Alejandro “Alex” Padilla [D-CA]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Padilla is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Padilla has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 23, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Alejandro “Alex” Padilla sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Padilla was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Padilla sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (16%) Environmental Protection (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Native Americans (12%) Education (12%) Emergency Management (12%) Commerce (12%) Health (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Padilla recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Padilla voted Yea

Padilla voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 88/11 on Dec 15, 2021.

This is the yearly military spending policy bill, which governs how military and related federal appropriations can be spent under the law. This bill was …

Padilla voted Yea

Resolution Agreed to 89/11 on Feb 9, 2021.

This was a Senate Resolution on procedures for the trial of the former President. It needed only a simple majority to pass, but received 87 …

Padilla voted Yea

Bill Passed 69/27 on Jan 21, 2021.

This was a vote to waive the seven-year waiting period for former military to serve in the civilian position of Defense Secretary. Nominee Lloyd Austin …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2021 to Jun 2022, Padilla missed 10 of 768 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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