Bennet is the senior senator from Colorado and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 22, 2009. Bennet is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Bennet.
Bennet 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 Bennet has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Mar 2, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Michael Bennet sits on the following committees:
Bennet was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1705 (116th): A bill to authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
- S. 59 (116th): Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2019
- S. 2218 (115th): West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017
- S. 1705 (115th): Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act of 2017
- S. 456 (115th): RACE for Children Act
- S. 2030 (114th): Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2016
- S. 2007 (114th): Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act
Does 11 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).
Bennet sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%) Health (16%) Taxation (14%) Environmental Protection (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Education (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Bennet’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 386: A bill to establish a public health plan.
- S. 274: Stronger Medicaid Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic Act
- S. 173: Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act
- S. 5028 (116th): Zeroing Out Money for Buying Influence after Elections (ZOMBIE) Act
- S. 5015 (116th): Outdoor Restoration Force Act of 2020
- S. 4760 (116th): The PASTEUR Act
- S. 4741 (116th): End Transfers of Detained Immigrants Act
From Jan 2009 to Mar 2021, Bennet missed 149 of 3,721 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. 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.
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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