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 unless re-elected.
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Read our 2019 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Michael Bennet sits on the following committees:
Bennet was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 59: Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2019
- S. 2218: West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017
- S. 1705: Forest Service Flexible Partnerships Act of 2017
- S. 456: RACE for Children Act
- S. 2030 (114th): Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2016
- S. 2007 (114th): Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act
- S. 344 (114th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to equalize the excise tax on liquified petroleum gas and liquified natural gas.
Does 10 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 (25%) Taxation (16%) Health (15%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Environmental Protection (10%) Education (9%) Social Welfare (6%) Agriculture and Food (6%)
Some of Bennet’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4113: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide grants to ...
- S. 4082: A bill to require reports on certain Department of Defense activities with respect ...
- S. 3814: RESTART Act
- S. 3778: State Elections Preparedness Act
- S.Res. 571: A resolution congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of charter schools across ...
- S. 3559: Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act of 2020
- S. 3340: Voter Choice Act
From Jan 2009 to Jul 2020, Bennet missed 149 of 3,488 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% 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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