Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President of the United States
pronounced KAH-muh-luh // HAR-iss
Harris is Vice President of the United States and is a Democrat. The Vice President can vote in the Senate to break ties. She has served since Jan 20, 2021. Harris is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 20, 2025. She is 58 years old.
She was previously a senator from California as a Democrat from 2017 to 2021.
Harris is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2022 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 22, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Harris was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- S. 129 (116th): Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act
- S. 3033 (115th): COUNT Victims Act
- S. 729 (115th): John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
Does 3 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 sponsored 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%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Harris recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 4781 (116th): Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act of 2020
- S. 4519 (116th): RELIEF Act
- S. 4513 (116th): Climate Equity Act of 2020
- S. 4455 (116th): Paycheck Protection Program Transparency Act of 2020
- S. 4397 (116th): Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2020
- S. 4399 (116th): HELP Act of 2020
- S. 4401 (116th): Environmental Justice For All Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2017 to Jan 2021, Harris missed 398 of 1,320 roll call votes, which is 30.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2021. 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. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress||2||0||0.0%||0th|
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