Bennet is the senior senator from Colorado and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 22, 2009. Bennet’s current term ends on 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 Nov 17, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Michael Bennet sits on the following committees:
Bennet was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1603: Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership Act of 2021
- S. 1897 (116th): A bill to establish a process for updating the labeling of certain drugs with outdated labeling.
- 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. 2218 (115th): West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017
- S. 2073 (115th): National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017
- S. 1705 (115th): Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act of 2017
- S. 456 (115th): RACE for Children Act
Does 13 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 (24%) Health (20%) Taxation (16%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Education (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Energy (6%) Agriculture and Food (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Bennet recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 8: Mental and Physical Health Care Comorbidities Act of 2022
- S. 4921: Financing Lead Out of Water Act of 2022
- S. 4717: Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels Act of 2022
- S. 4658: Student Apprenticeship Act of 2022
- S. 4671: GREEN Appraisals Act of 2022
- S. 4542: Dolores River National Conservation Area and Special Management Area Act
- S. 4513: SMART Community Policing Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2009 to Nov 2022, Bennet missed 168 of 4,534 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is 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 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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