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Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey

Senator for Pennsylvania

pronounced PAT-chrik // TOO-mee

Toomey is the junior senator from Pennsylvania and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Toomey is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district as a Republican from 1999 to 2004.

Photo of Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Toomey.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Toomey 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 Toomey has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 25, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Patrick “Pat” Toomey sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Toomey was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 18 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Toomey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (27%) Health (14%) International Affairs (12%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Education (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Immigration (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Toomey recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Toomey voted Nay

Bill Passed 79/19 on Mar 8, 2022.

Toomey voted Nay

Bill Passed 90/2 on Mar 25, 2021.

This bill prevented cuts to Medicare by extending the block on automatic spending cuts.

Toomey voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, …

Toomey voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and …

Toomey voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Toomey voted Nay

Bill Passed 65/34 on Jul 30, 2015.

This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision …

Toomey voted Nay

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Toomey voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to May 2022, Toomey missed 214 of 3,703 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% 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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Primary Sources

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