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Sen. Kamala Harris

Senator for California

pronounced KAH-muh-luh // HAR-uss

Harris is the junior senator from California and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2017. Harris is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Harris.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Harris 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 Harris has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 18, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% American Civil Liberties Union: 86% NIAC Action: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 30% The Club for Growth: 19% Americans for Prosperity: 12% FreedomWorks: 0% NumbersUSA: 0%

Committee Membership

Kamala Harris sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Harris was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Harris sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Health (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Immigration (12%) Taxation (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Labor and Employment (10%) Housing and Community Development (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Harris voted Nay

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, ...

Harris voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 87/12 on Dec 18, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced ...

Harris voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and ...

Harris voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 71/28 on Feb 9, 2018.

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 ...

Harris voted Nay

Harris voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Nov 2020, Harris missed 350 of 1,265 roll call votes, which is 27.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% 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. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: