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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Fischer.
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.
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Deb Fischer sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports subcommittee Ranking Member
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Fischer was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 371 (116th): BUILD Act
- S. 5043 (116th): American COMPETE Act of 2020
- S. 2299 (116th): PIPES Act of 2020
- S. 4162 (116th): AIR Act of 2020
- S. 1611 (116th): DIGIT Act
- S. 1133 (116th): Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019
- S. 526 (115th): Microloan Modernization Act of 2018
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).
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%)
Some of Fischer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1985: A bill to establish a Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success ...
- S. 1792: A bill to establish certain requirements for the small refineries exemption of the ...
- S. 1395: Advancing IoT for Precision Agriculture Act of 2021
- S. 951: PAWS Act of 2021
- S. 792: HAULS Act of 2021
- S. 700: A bill to establish a portal and database to receive and maintain information ...
- S. 662: ATTAIN Mental Health Act
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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