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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 participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. 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 final tally that determined the next president, which would have disenfranchised 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 Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. (He ultimately did not vote to exclude any states from the Electoral College, however.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
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 May 24, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Mike Braun sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Braun was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Taxation (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Education (8%) Sports and Recreation (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Braun recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Braun voted Nay

Braun voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 88/11 on Dec 15, 2021.

This is the yearly military spending policy bill, which governs how military and related federal appropriations can be spent under the law. This bill was …

Braun voted Yea

Resolution Agreed to 89/11 on Feb 9, 2021.

This was a Senate Resolution on procedures for the trial of the former President. It needed only a simple majority to pass, but received 87 …

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 86/8 on Dec 17, 2019.

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 May 2022, Braun missed 26 of 1,446 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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: