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Sen. Claire McCaskill

Former Senator for Missouri

pronounced klair // muh-KASS-kul

McCaskill was a senator from Missouri and was a Democrat. She served from 2007 to 2018.

Photo of Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO, 2007-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for McCaskill.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McCaskill is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 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 McCaskill sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McCaskill was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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

McCaskill sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Health (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Education (7%) Taxation (5%) Science, Technology, Communications (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

McCaskill recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

McCaskill voted Yea

McCaskill voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 65/32 on Mar 23, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the government spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. On March 22, 2018, the House …

McCaskill voted Yea

Bill Passed 54/45 on Feb 2, 2017.

H.J.Res. 38, now P.L. 115-5, disapproved of the rule submitted by the Department of Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. The new rule attempted …

McCaskill voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

McCaskill voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

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 …

McCaskill voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

McCaskill voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 75/20 on Feb 6, 2012.

McCaskill voted Nay

McCaskill voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

McCaskill voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 81/12 on Sep 24, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2018, McCaskill missed 125 of 3,597 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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