skip to main content

 
Sen. Bill Cassidy

Senator for Louisiana

Cassidy, a Republican, is the senior senator from Louisiana and has served since Jan 6, 2015. Cassidy is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district (2009-2014).

Photo of Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Cassidy.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cassidy 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 Cassidy has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 90% Americans for Prosperity: 84% FreedomWorks: 84% The Club for Growth: 57% League of Conservation Voters: 8% American Civil Liberties Union: 5% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Bill Cassidy sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cassidy was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

View All »

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 about one third or more 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

Cassidy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (40%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Taxation (12%) Energy (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Education (4%)

Recent Bills

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

View All »

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cassidy’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay H.R. 636: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016
Jul 13, 2016. Motion Agreed to 89/4.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for fiscal year 2017. The bill was introduced as the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, and it passed the House in that form on February 13, ...
Yea On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 49/40.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Nay H.R. 3857 (112th): Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act
Sep 12, 2012. Passed 355/62.
Nay H.R. 5325 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 6, 2012. Passed 255/165.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2017, Cassidy missed 7 of 782 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

Show the numbers...

Primary Sources

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