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Sen. Mike Rounds

Senator from South Dakota, Republican

Rounds, a Republican, is the junior senator from South Dakota and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Rounds.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Rounds has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Rounds is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 95% FreedomWorks: 84% The Club for Growth: 64% Human Rights Campaign: 16% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% League of Conservation Voters: 2% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Mike Rounds sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rounds sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (57%) Finance and Financial Sector (20%) Native Americans (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rounds’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Feb 11, 2016. Conference Report Agreed to 75/20.
This bill became the vehicle for the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which includes a variety of requirements on trade protection and general trade policy. It would authorize and fund United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Oct 2017, Rounds missed 7 of 747 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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