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Sen. John Hoeven

Senator for North Dakota

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Hoeven is the senior senator from North Dakota and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Hoeven is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Hoeven has cosponsored 19 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Hoeven.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hoeven 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 Hoeven has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 90% The Club for Growth: 55% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 8% American Civil Liberties Union: 5% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John Hoeven sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Hoeven was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 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

Hoeven sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Native Americans (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Taxation (16%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Energy (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Animals (6%) Sports and Recreation (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Hoeven voted Nay

Hoeven voted Yea

Hoeven voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

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, ...

Hoeven voted Yea

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 ...

Hoeven 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 ...

Hoeven voted Yea

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

Hoeven voted Yea

Hoeven voted Yea

Hoeven voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Jun 2021, Hoeven missed 40 of 3,204 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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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Primary Sources

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