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 23, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
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 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2505: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6223 Maple Street in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Jackson …
- 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
Does 16 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 (42%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Health (11%) Environmental Protection (9%) Taxation (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Fischer recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 4034: Hammers’ Law
- S. 4030: Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022
- S. 3750: North Platte Canteen Congressional Gold Medal Act
- S. 3229: Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2021
- S. 3190: Judgment Fund Accountability Act of 2021
- S. 2750: Precision Agriculture Loan Program Act of 2021
- S.Res. 363: A resolution designating September 2021 as “School Bus Safety Month”.
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Jun 2022, Fischer missed 57 of 3,247 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% 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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