Read our 2020 Report Card for Gardner.
Gardner is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2020 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 Gardner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Gardner was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2661 (116th): National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020
- S. 4700 (116th): A bill to establish a Center for Artificial Intelligence of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes.
- S. 1678 (116th): Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019
- S. 3422 (116th): Great American Outdoors Act
- S. 3331 (116th): Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Modification and Land Exchange Act
- S. 450 (116th): Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2020
- S. 3068 (116th): Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Modification Act
Does 27 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).
Gardner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (26%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Taxation (11%) Health (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Energy (8%)
Some of Gardner’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4856 (116th): A bill to authorize the construction of a major medical facility for ...
- S.Res. 735 (116th): A resolution designating September 29, 2020, as “National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day”.
- S. 4700 (116th): A bill to establish a Center for Artificial Intelligence of the National ...
- S. 4701 (116th): Ports-to-Plains Highway Act of 2020
- S. 4575 (116th): FIGHT Censorship Act
- S. 4506 (116th): Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2020
- S. 4300 (116th): A bill to amend the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 to ...
From Jan 2015 to Jan 2021, Gardner missed 30 of 1,820 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2021. 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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