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Sen. Rand Paul

Senator for Kentucky

pronounced rand // pawl

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

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Paul.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Paul 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 Paul has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Rand Paul sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Paul sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Environmental Protection (12%) Immigration (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Paul voted Nay

Bill Passed 97/1 on May 23, 2019.

Paul 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, ...

Paul voted Nay

Paul voted Nay

Concurrent Resolution Agreed to 51/48 on Jan 12, 2017.

It’s no secret that the President and congressional Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Their main method of preparing ...

Paul voted Nay

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 ...

Paul voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

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 ...

Paul voted Nay

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

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Sep 2019, Paul missed 101 of 2,532 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% 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

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