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.
Read our 2018 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 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
Deb Fischer sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Chair, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
- Chair, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
- Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Chair, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Fischer was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 526: Microloan Modernization Act of 2018
- S. 2421: FARM Act
- S. 3364 (114th): CHIP IN for Vets Act of 2016
- S. 2276 (114th): PIPES Act of 2016
- S. 1115 (114th): GONE Act
- S. 1359 (114th): E-Warranty Act of 2015
- S. 301 (114th): Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
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).
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%)
Some of Fischer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2949: PAWS Act of 2019
- S. 2829: Western Expanded In-State Television Access Act of 2019
- S. 2299: PIPES Act of 2019
- S.Res. 285: A resolution designating September 2019 as “School Bus Safety Month”.
- S. 2119: Stop Improper Federal Bonuses Act
- S. 1840: A bill to establish certain requirements for the small refineries exemption of the ...
- S. 1628: Paid Family Leave Pilot Extension Act
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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