Baldwin is the junior senator from Wisconsin and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Baldwin is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.
She is also Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
She was previously the representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1999 to 2012.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Baldwin.
Baldwin 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 Baldwin has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 6, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Baldwin was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1153: Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019
- S. 1069 (116th): Digital Coast Act
- S. 1196: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1715 Linnerud Drive in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, as the “Fire Captain Cory Barr Post ...
- S. 2569: Veterans-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act
- S. 1621 (116th): Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act
- S. 1287: Strengthening Buy America for Small Shipyard Grants Act
- S. 679: HAVEN Act
Does 14 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).
Baldwin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (22%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Labor and Employment (13%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Taxation (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)
Some of Baldwin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4961: Rail Shipper Fairness Act of 2020
- S. 4686: Legacies of War Recognition and Unexploded Ordnance Removal Act
- S. 4687 (116th): Made in America Shipbuilding Act of 2020
- S. 4645: Amy and Jocelyn Gannon Helicopter Tour Safety Act
- S. 4570: Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act of 2020
- S. 4557: COVER Act
- S.Con.Res. 41: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Secretary of the ...
As Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary, Baldwin may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2013 to Jan 2021, Baldwin missed 8 of 2,479 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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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