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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.

Photo of Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Deb Fischer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Fischer was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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 (30%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Environmental Protection (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Commerce (7%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Fischer voted Yea

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

Fischer voted Nay

Fischer voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2019, Fischer missed 10 of 2,155 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than 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

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