Read our 2018 Report Card for Duckworth.
Duckworth 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 Duckworth has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 1, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Tammy Duckworth sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Duckworth was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- S. 2679 (115th): Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018
- S. 1050 (115th): Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act
- S. 496: A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”.
- H.R. 4797 (114th): GET THE LEAD OUT Act of 2016
Does 4 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).
Duckworth sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Health (14%) Environmental Protection (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Education (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Labor and Employment (7%)
Some of Duckworth’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2272: Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2019
- S. 2291: Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act of 2019
- S. 2278: School Bus Safety Act of 2019
- S. 2290: Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act
- S. 2210: Great Lakes Water Protection Act
- S. 2200: Fairness for Housing Communities Act of 2019
- S. 2087: Get the Lead Out of Assisted Housing Act of 2019
From Jan 2017 to Aug 2019, Duckworth missed 92 of 861 roll call votes, which is 10.7%. 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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