Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Senator for Arizona
pronounced KEER-stun // SEH-nuh-muh
Sinema is the senior senator from Arizona and is an Independent caucusing with the Democrats (2022-), previously a Democrat (2019-2022). She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Sinema is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 47 years old.
She was previously the representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2018.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Sinema.
Sinema 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 Sinema has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Oct 3, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Kyrsten Sinema sits on the following committees:
Sinema was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4104 (117th): Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2022
- S. 2852 (117th): Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act
- S. 3204 (117th): Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act
- S. 2541 (117th): Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act
- S. 2580 (117th): Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act
- S. 2558 (116th): Nursing Home Care for Native American Veterans Act
- S. 4224 (116th): Southwest Border Security Technology Improvement Act of 2020
Does 15 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).
Sinema sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Government Operations and Politics (23%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Immigration (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Native Americans (9%) Economics and Public Finance (4%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Sinema recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 2877: Earn to Learn Act
- S. 2859: Social Security Child Protection Act of 2023
- S. 2546: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located …
- S. 2392: Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act
- S. 2262: Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument Act
- S. 2272: Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act of 2023
- S. 2002: CREATE Act of 2023
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2019 to Sep 2023, Sinema missed 97 of 1,910 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Mar (House)||89||1||1.1%||40th|
|2013 Apr-Jun (House)||215||1||0.5%||23rd|
|2013 Jul-Sep (House)||200||23||11.5%||95th|
|2013 Oct-Dec (House)||137||4||2.9%||64th|
|2014 Jan-Mar (House)||148||2||1.4%||40th|
|2014 Apr-Jun (House)||219||0||0.0%||0th|
|2014 Jul-Sep (House)||147||1||0.7%||30th|
|2014 Nov-Dec (House)||49||0||0.0%||0th|
|2015 Jan-Mar (House)||144||3||2.1%||46th|
|2015 Apr-Jun (House)||244||2||0.8%||41st|
|2015 Jul-Sep (House)||139||0||0.0%||0th|
|2015 Oct-Dec (House)||177||26||14.7%||95th|
|2016 Jan-Mar (House)||137||2||1.5%||31st|
|2016 Apr-Jun (House)||204||3||1.5%||40th|
|2016 Jul-Sep (House)||232||12||5.2%||89th|
|2016 Nov-Dec (House)||48||1||2.1%||67th|
|2017 Jan-Mar (House)||208||38||18.3%||98th|
|2017 Apr-Jun (House)||136||2||1.5%||49th|
|2017 Jul-Sep (House)||199||1||0.5%||40th|
|2017 Oct-Dec (House)||167||4||2.4%||57th|
|2018 Jan-Mar (House)||129||4||3.1%||59th|
|2018 Apr-Jun (House)||184||5||2.7%||57th|
|2018 Jul-Sep (House)||102||2||2.0%||57th|
|2018 Nov-Dec (House)||85||66||77.6%||99th|
|2019 Jan-Mar (Senate)||54||8||14.8%||99th|
|2019 Apr-Jun (Senate)||135||8||5.9%||85th|
|2019 Jul-Sep (Senate)||124||7||5.6%||77th|
|2019 Oct-Dec (Senate)||115||0||0.0%||0th|
|2020 Jan-Mar (Senate)||80||1||1.2%||50th|
|2020 May-Jun (Senate)||48||5||10.4%||79th|
|2020 Jul-Sep (Senate)||71||5||7.0%||82nd|
|2020 Oct-Dec (Senate)||90||25||27.8%||98th|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress (Senate)||2||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Mar (Senate)||142||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Apr-Jun (Senate)||110||4||3.6%||75th|
|2021 Jul-Sep (Senate)||150||2||1.3%||69th|
|2021 Oct-Dec (Senate)||126||25||19.8%||86th|
|2022 Jan-Mar (Senate)||125||3||2.4%||55th|
|2022 Apr-Jun (Senate)||117||0||0.0%||0th|
|2022 Jul-Sep (Senate)||110||2||1.8%||48th|
|2022 Nov-Dec (Senate)||69||0||0.0%||0th|
|2023 Feb-Mar (Senate)||77||0||0.0%||0th|
|2023 Apr-Jun (Senate)||90||1||1.1%||45th|
|2023 Jul-Sep (Senate)||75||1||1.3%||42nd|
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