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Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey

Senator for Pennsylvania

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

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district (1999-2004).

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

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 100% Americans for Prosperity: 97% The Club for Growth: 91% United States Chamber of Commerce: 85% Human Rights Campaign: 16% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% League of Conservation Voters: 7% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Patrick “Pat” Toomey sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Toomey was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Toomey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) International Affairs (6%) Sports and Recreation (5%) Economics and Public Finance (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Toomey’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 2266: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017
Oct 24, 2017. Motion Agreed to 82/17.
This bill is the vehicle for passage of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017. The bill was originally introduced as the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 and passed both the House and the Senate. But the Senate made changes, sending it ...
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed 85/12.
This week, the Senate began debate on the first major energy legislation to be considered since 2007. Introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the bill -- S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act -- received an unlikely overwhelming bipartisan vote when it passed out of ...
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 ...
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
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 for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Nay H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay 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.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay S. 223 (112th): FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
Feb 17, 2011. Bill Passed 87/8.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2017, Toomey missed 80 of 1,956 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: