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Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee Chair

Senator for Michigan

pronounced DE-bee // STA-buh-now

Stabenow is the senior senator from Michigan and Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee Chair as a Democrat. She has served in that role since Jan 3, 2019. Stabenow is next up for reelection in 2024.

She was previously a senator from Michigan as a Democrat from 2001 to 2018; and the representative for Michigan’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2000.

Photo of Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Stabenow.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Stabenow 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 Stabenow has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Debbie Stabenow sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Stabenow was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Stabenow sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (40%) Taxation (24%) Environmental Protection (9%) Agriculture and Food (6%) Social Welfare (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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As Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee Chair, Stabenow may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Stabenow’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.J.Res. 31: Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.
Feb 14, 2019. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
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, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after ...
Nay On the Nomination PN1650: Charles J. Williams, of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa
Sep 6, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 79/12.
Nay On the Nomination PN755: Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
Mar 5, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 85/11.
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay On the Nomination PN117: William Francis Hagerty IV, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to Japan
Jul 13, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 86/12.
Nay H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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 bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay H.R. 1424 (110th): Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 74/25.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of economic stimulus relief during the 2008 financial crisis as well as other unrelated provisions. It was the Senate's October 2008 plan, and it became law. The bill contains sections for: * Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 ...
Nay H.R. 6 (110th): Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Dec 13, 2007. Motion Agreed to 86/8.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140 originally named the Clean Energy Act of 2007) is an Act of Congress concerning the energy policy of the United States. As part of the Democratic Party's 100-Hour Plan during the 110th Congress, it was ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Feb 2019, Stabenow missed 57 of 5,576 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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