Sanders is the junior senator from Vermont and is an Independent caucusing with the Democrats. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Sanders is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Vermont’s at-large district as an Independent caucusing with the Democrats from 1991 to 2006.
Sanders is/was running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in Congress:
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Read our 2019 Report Card for Sanders.
Sanders 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 Sanders has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders sits on the following committees:
Sanders was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 885 (113th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the “Thaddeus Stevens Post Office”.
- S. 2782 (113th): A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to improve the Federal charter for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and for other ...
- S. 893 (113th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013
- H.R. 5245 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Marble Street in Fair Haven, Vermont, as the “Matthew Lyon Post Office Building”.
- H.J.Res. 129 (104th): Granting the consent of Congress to the Vermont-New Hampshire Interstate Public Water Supply Compact.
- H.R. 1353 (102nd): Entitled the “Taconic Mountains Protection Act of 1991”.
- H.J.Res. 132 (102nd): To designate March 4, 1991, as “Vermont Bicentennial Day”.
Does 7 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).
Sanders sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (29%) Labor and Employment (21%) Taxation (16%) Environmental Protection (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) International Affairs (7%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%)
Some of Sanders’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3934: A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide ...
- S. 3921: A bill to require the Federal Government to provide critical health care resources ...
- S. 3790: Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act
- S. 3341: CEO and Worker Pension Fairness Act
- S. 3247: Fracking Ban Act
- S. 3227: Prevent Future American Sickness Act of 2020
- S. 3219: Respect Graduate Student Workers Act
From Jan 2007 to Jul 2020, Sanders missed 580 of 4,155 roll call votes, which is 14.0%. This is much worse 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. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.
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