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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

Senator for Nevada

pronounced KATH-rin // kor-TEZ mass-TOH

Cortez Masto is the senior senator from Nevada and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2017. Cortez Masto is next up for reelection in 2022.

Photo of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cortez Masto.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cortez Masto 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 Cortez Masto has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 5, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: B American Civil Liberties Union: 62% United States Chamber of Commerce: 50% Americans for Prosperity: 12% The Club for Growth: 5% FreedomWorks: 0% NumbersUSA: 0%

Committee Membership

Catherine Cortez Masto sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cortez Masto was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cortez Masto sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Taxation (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Commerce (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Housing and Community Development (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cortez Masto’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 87/12 on Dec 18, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced ...

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 71/28 on Feb 9, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have ...

Cortez Masto voted Nay

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 59/40 on Mar 8, 2017.

H.J.Res. 58, would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Department of Education on October 31, 2016, imposing new standards on teacher education and ...

Cortez Masto voted Yea

Cortez Masto voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Dec 2019, Cortez Masto missed 13 of 984 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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

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