Sen. Rand Paul

Senator from Kentucky, Republican

Paul, a Republican, has been the junior senator from Kentucky since Jan 5, 2011 (next election in 2016).

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

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Paul for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Rand Paul sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Paul sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) International Affairs (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Environmental Protection (11%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Paul’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2328: National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015
Jun 29, 2016. Motion Agreed to.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Not Voting S. 754: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
Oct 27, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea On the Nomination PN31: Sally Quillian Yates, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney General
May 13, 2015. Nomination Confirmed.
Yea H.R. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
Apr 14, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Sep 2016, Paul missed 63 of 1,633 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% 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: