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Sen. Deb Fischer

Senator for Nebraska

pronounced deb // FISH-er

Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Fischer is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.

Fischer has cosponsored 10 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
Photo of Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Fischer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fischer is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Fischer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 10, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 80% The Club for Growth: 72% League of Conservation Voters: 6% American Civil Liberties Union: 0% Human Rights Campaign: 0% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Deb Fischer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Fischer was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Fischer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (34%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Health (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Taxation (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Fischer voted Yea

Fischer 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, ...

Fischer 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 ...

Fischer voted Nay

Bill Passed 90/8 on May 12, 2016.

The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 2028) is a continuing resolution that extended fiscal year 2017 funding for the United States ...

Fischer 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 ...

Fischer voted Yea

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

Fischer voted Nay

Fischer voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jun 2021, Fischer missed 29 of 2,707 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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: