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 unless re-elected.
Harris is a potential running mate for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. We compared the legislative records of the potential running mates who served in Congress.
Harris is/was running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in Congress:
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- Health and Criminal Justice legislation introduced by the candidates [updated May 1, 2019]
- Oversight and Immigration legislation introduced by the candiates [updated May 20, 2019]
- Finance and Economy legislation introduced by the candidates [update May 31, 2019]
Read our 2019 Report Card for Harris.
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 liberal–conservative 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 Aug 6, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Kamala Harris sits on the following committees:
Harris was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- S. 129: Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act
- S. 3055: Disaster Victims Passport and ID Relief Act of 2018
- S. 3033: COUNT Victims Act
- S. 729: John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
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).
Harris sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Health (14%) Immigration (13%) Taxation (12%) Environmental Protection (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)
Some of Harris’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4513: A bill to ensure climate and environmental justice accountability, and for other purposes.
- S. 4455: A bill to require reporting on the paycheck protection program of the Small ...
- S. 4397: A bill to provide for research and education with respect to uterine fibroids, ...
- S. 4399: A bill to create a database of eviction information, establish grant programs for ...
- S. 4401: A bill to restore, reaffirm, and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights, provide ...
- S. 4273: A bill to amend the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National ...
- S. 4248: A bill to establish a grant program to provide funds for health care ...
From Jan 2017 to Aug 2020, Harris missed 271 of 1,184 roll call votes, which is 22.9%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% 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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