Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Alexander is next up for reelection in 2020.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Alexander.
Alexander 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 Alexander has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Lamar Alexander sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Alexander was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1866: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017
- S. 1609: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- S. 934: FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017
- S.J.Res. 25: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability ...
- S. 192 (114th): Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016
- S. 2713 (114th): Advancing Precision Medicine Act of 2016
- S. 1177 (114th): Every Student Succeeds Act
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).
Alexander sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (26%) Labor and Employment (16%) Education (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Animals (11%) Energy (8%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)
Some of Alexander’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3217: An original bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education ...
- S.Res. 553: A resolution designating June 20, 2018, as “American Eagle Day” and celebrating the ...
- S. 3029: Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act ...
- S. 2975: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
- S.Res. 514: A resolution congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of charter schools across ...
- S. 2680: Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018
- S. 2513: School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act of 2018
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H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 49/40.
H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Feb 11, 2016. Conference Report Agreed to 75/20.
This bill became the vehicle for the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which includes a variety of requirements on trade protection and general trade policy. It would authorize and fund United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency ...
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN154: Heather A. Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Oct 20, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 64/36.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
H.R. 4137 (110th): Higher Education Opportunity Act
Jul 31, 2008. Conference Report Agreed to 83/8.
From Jan 2003 to Jul 2018, Alexander missed 163 of 4,798 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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