Daines is the junior senator from Montana and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Daines is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
He was previously the representative for Montana’s at-large district as a Republican from 2013 to 2014.
Daines 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 Daines has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 19, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Steve Daines sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Financial Services and General Government, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Daines was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 900 (116th): A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bozeman, Montana, as the “Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”.
- S. 490 (116th): B-47 Ridge Designation Act
- S. 1228: PIRATE Act
- S. 1882: A bill to make available the continued use of Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program project use power by the Kinsey Irrigation Company and the Sidney Water Users Irrigation District, ...
- S. 528: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019
- S. 953: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Jeannette Rankin Post Office Building”.
- S. 350: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2019
Does 15 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).
Daines sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (22%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Taxation (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Native Americans (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)
Some of Daines’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 5019 (116th): Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2020
- S.Res. 766: A resolution honoring the individuals fighting and the individuals who have fallen responding ...
- S.Res. 758: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the number of justices ...
- S. 4746: TRICARE Retiree Protection Act
- S. 4751: Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2020
- S. 4311: Restoring State Mineral Revenues Act
- S. 4239: Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act of 2020
From Jan 2015 to Jan 2021, Daines missed 13 of 1,825 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better 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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