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 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to Jul 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Mike Lee sits on the following committees:
Lee was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 4902 (116th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 351 South West Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the “Orrin G. Hatch United States Courthouse”.
- S. 49 (116th): 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 (115th): 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 7 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:
Environmental Protection (18%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) International Affairs (11%) Commerce (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)
Some of Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2070: Native Species Protection Act
- S. 2039: TEAM Act
- S. 1998: Safeguarding American Tourism Act
- S. 1992: Open America’s Ports Act
- S. 1994: Protecting Jobs in American Ports Act
- S. 1787: State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021
- S. 1757: Children Have Opportunities in Classrooms Everywhere Act
From Jan 2011 to Jul 2021, Lee missed 98 of 3,243 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is worse than 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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