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Sen. Steve Daines

Senator for Montana

pronounced steev // daynz

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 among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. In the days leading up to January 6, Daines had announced his intent to object on that day to the inclusion of some states in the final tally that determined the next president, which would have disenfranchised millions of voters based on lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories all falsely claiming various sorts of mass fraud that did not occur. The announcement amplified the message that inspired the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. (He ultimately did not vote to exclude any states from the Electoral College, however.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 May 25, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Steve Daines sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Daines was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 18 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Daines sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (20%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Health (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Native Americans (8%) International Affairs (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Daines recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Daines voted Yea

Veto Sustained 53/45 on May 2, 2019.

A recently House-passed bill, which seems likely to pass in the Senate, could mark President Trump's first veto in office. ## Context Yemen has been …

Daines voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 54/46 on Mar 13, 2019.

A recently House-passed bill, which seems likely to pass in the Senate, could mark President Trump's first veto in office. ## Context Yemen has been …

Daines voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 71/28 on Feb 9, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have …

Daines voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Daines voted Yea

Daines voted Aye

Daines voted Nay

Passed 303/121 on May 22, 2014.

Daines voted Nay

Passed 359/67 on Jan 15, 2014.

This is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the bill that set the federal budget for fiscal year 2014. The bill began as the Space …

Daines voted Nay

Passed 354/67 on Jan 4, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to May 2022, Daines missed 57 of 2,560 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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

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