Sen. Max Baucus

Former Senator from Montana, Democrat

Baucus, a Democrat, was a senator from Montana from 1978 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for Montana's 1st congressional district (1975-1978).

Photo of Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT, 1978-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2013 Report Card for Baucus.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Baucus sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Baucus is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Baucus was the primary sponsor of 46 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baucus sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (32%) Taxation (21%) Health (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Social Welfare (7%) Water Resources Development (5%) Transportation and Public Works (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Baucus’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baucus’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 3304 (113th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Dec 19, 2013. Motion Agreed to 84/15.
Nay H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Mar 22, 2012. Bill Passed 73/26.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay S. 990 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
May 26, 2011. Motion Agreed to 72/23.
Nay H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 15, 2011. Bill Passed 86/12.
Yea 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 ...
Nay S. 160 (111th): District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
Feb 26, 2009. Bill Passed 61/37.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Feb 2014, Baucus missed 283 of 12,444 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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