Read our 2016 Report Card for McConnell.
Our unique analysis of the bills McConnell 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). McConnell is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Mitch McConnell sits on the following committees:
- Ex Officio, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
- Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
McConnell was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 799 (114th): Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015
- S. 625 (114th): Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
- S. 2183 (113th): A bill entitled “United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions”.
- S. 291 (112th): USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act of 2011
- S. 3773 (111th): Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010
- S.J.Res. 29 (111th): A joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
- S.J.Res. 17 (111th): A joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes.
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 about one third or more 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).
McConnell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (23%) Taxation (23%) Environmental Protection (19%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Labor and Employment (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)
Some of McConnell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 184: A resolution relative to the death of James Paul David “Jim” Bunning, former ...
- S.Res. 178: A resolution to authorize testimony, document production, and representation in United States v. ...
- S.Res. 176: A resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
- S. 728: RECLAIM Act of2017
- S. 429: AGED Spirits Act
- S.Res. 57: A resolution to constitute the majority party’s membership on certain committees for the ...
- S.J.Res. 10: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, ...
As Senate Majority Leader, McConnell may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
|McConnell’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
On the Nomination PN327: Paula Xinis, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland
May 16, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 53/34.
On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 49/40.
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 ...
On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
On the Nomination PN1988: Ronald Anderson Walter, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May ...
Dec 9, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 86/12.
On the Nomination PN1987: Virginia Tyler Lodge, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May ...
Dec 9, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 86/12.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN138: Marilyn B. Tavenner, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
May 15, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 91/7.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 1985 to Jun 2017, McConnell missed 84 of 10,758 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills