King is the junior senator from Maine and is an Independent caucusing with the Democrats. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. King is next up for reelection in 2024.
Read our 2019 Report Card for King.
King is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills King has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 4, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Angus King sits on the following committees:
King was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S. 174: Securing Energy Infrastructure Act
- S. 101: Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act
- S. 715: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act
Does 3 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).
King sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Energy (20%) Taxation (19%) Agriculture and Food (17%) Health (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Social Welfare (7%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Economics and Public Finance (4%)
Some of King’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3805: A bill to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to ...
- S. 3366: Gold Star Families Parks Pass Act
- S. 3356: Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020
- S. 3302: Global Health Security Act of 2020
- S. 3237: WELL Seniors Act of 2020
- S. 3238: Preventive Home Visit Act
- S. 3180: Responsibility in Drug Advertising Act of 2020
From Jan 2013 to Jun 2020, King missed 16 of 2,299 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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