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Sen. Sherrod Brown

Senator from Ohio, Democrat

Brown, a Democrat, is a senator from Ohio and has served since Jan 4, 2007 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district (1993-2006).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Brown.

Sponsorship Analysis

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

Committee Membership

Sherrod Brown sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Brown 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

Brown sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (30%) Taxation (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Environmental Protection (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Education (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Brown’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN31: Ryan Zinke, of Montana, to be Secretary of the Interior
Mar 1, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 68/31.
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the Interior. This vote by the Senate confirmed the nomination. Zinke, a first-term congressman elected in 2014 who resigned from Congress immediately following the vote so that he could hold another ...
Yea On the Nomination PN32: Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce
Feb 27, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 72/27.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea S. 764: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
Jul 7, 2016. Motion Agreed to 63/30.
This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to amendments, the bill regarded defunding Planned Parenthood and the National Sea Grant College Program. As enacted, the bill created national ...
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. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 15, 2011. Bill Passed 86/12.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Sep 2017, Brown missed 45 of 3,197 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with 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: