Lee is the senior senator from Utah and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Lee is next up for reelection in 2022.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Lee.
Lee 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 Lee has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 19, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Mike Lee sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Joint Economic Committee
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
Lee was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S. 49: A bill to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.
- S. 78: Modernizing Government Travel Act
- S. 1123 (114th): USA FREEDOM Act of 2015
- S. 684 (112th): A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Alta, Utah.
- S. 683 (112th): Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act
- S. 1875 (112th): United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2011
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).
Lee sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (16%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Education (9%)
Some of Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2863: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the eligibility ...
- S. 2850: A bill to focus limited Federal resources on the most serious offenders.
- S. 2709: Protecting American Jobs Act
- S. 2630: Davis-Bacon Repeal Act
- S. 2607: Drone Integration and Zoning Act of 2019
- S.Res. 298: A resolution concurring with the decision to withdraw the United States from the ...
- S. 2339: Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act of 2019
From Jan 2011 to Nov 2019, Lee missed 87 of 2,606 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. 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.
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