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.
Harris is running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in office:
- What can GovTrack data tell us about the thirteen most recent and current Members of Congress running for President? [updated May 3, 2019]
- 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 2018 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 Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Kamala Harris sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on the Budget
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Member, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
- Member, Subcommittee on Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
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 (18%) Immigration (14%) Health (13%) Taxation (11%) Environmental Protection (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%)
Some of Harris’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2951: Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2019
- S. 2893: Preparing Superfund for Climate Change Act of 2019
- S. 2882: Wildfire Defense Act
- S.Res. 429: A resolution recognizing the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and ...
- S. 2844: Accountability for Utility Executives Act
- S. 2784: Family Friendly Schools Act
- S.Res. 363: A resolution designating October 2019 as “National Youth Justice Action Month”.
From Jan 2017 to Dec 2019, Harris missed 236 of 996 roll call votes, which is 23.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% 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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