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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Former Senator for North Dakota

pronounced HĪ-dee // HĪT-kamp

Heitkamp was a senator from North Dakota and was a Democrat. She served from 2013 to 2018.

Photo of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Heitkamp.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Heitkamp is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 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 Heitkamp sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Heitkamp 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

Heitkamp sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Health (18%) Taxation (16%) Native Americans (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Energy (6%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Heitkamp recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Heitkamp voted Nay

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 …

Heitkamp 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 …

Heitkamp voted Yea

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Heitkamp voted Yea

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

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, Heitkamp missed 34 of 1,758 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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