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Sen. Mike Braun

Senator for Indiana

pronounced mīk // brawn


Braun is the junior senator from Indiana and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Braun is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.

Braun is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. In the days leading up to January 6, Braun had announced his intent to object on that day to the inclusion of some states in the count of electors that determines the next president, disenfranchising millions of voters based on lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories all falsely claiming various sorts of mass fraud that did not occur. The announcement amplified the message that inspired the attack on the Capitol.
Photo of Sen. Mike Braun [R-IN]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Braun.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Braun 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 Braun has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 21, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 100% American Civil Liberties Union: 23% League of Conservation Voters: 7% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Mike Braun sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Braun was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Braun sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (28%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Education (11%) Taxation (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Sports and Recreation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Braun voted Nay

Veto Overridden 81/13 on Jan 1, 2021.

This was the Senate's vote to override President Trump's veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is the ...

Braun voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 84/13 on Dec 11, 2020.

Braun voted Nay

Braun voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 86/8 on Dec 17, 2019.

Braun voted Nay

Braun voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jun 2021, Braun missed 12 of 965 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: