Sen. Patrick Leahy

Senator from Vermont, Democrat

Leahy, a Democrat, has been a senator from Vermont since Jan 14, 1975 (next election in 2016).

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Leahy 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). Leahy is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Leahy for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Patrick Leahy sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Leahy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (39%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Commerce (12%) International Affairs (11%) Taxation (7%) Immigration (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Leahy’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 2016, Leahy missed 582 of 15,754 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 1.8% 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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