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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Senator for North Dakota

pronounced HĪ-dee // HĪT-kamp

Heitkamp is the junior senator from North Dakota and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Heitkamp is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp [D-ND]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Heitkamp.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Heitkamp 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 Heitkamp has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Heidi Heitkamp sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Heitkamp was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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

Heitkamp sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Native Americans (17%) Health (16%) Taxation (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Energy (6%) Emergency Management (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Heitkamp’s Vote Vote Description
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 H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
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 Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay On the Nomination PN1345: Stephen R. Bough, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
Dec 16, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 51/38.
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay On the Nomination PN1160: Vivek Hallegere Murthy, of Massachusetts, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications therefor as provided ...
Dec 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 51/43.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN1368: Norman C. Bay, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2018
Jul 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 52/45.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to May 2018, Heitkamp missed 19 of 1,585 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% 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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