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Sen. Tammy Duckworth

Senator for Illinois

pronounced TA-mee // DUK-werth

Duckworth is the junior senator from Illinois and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2017. Duckworth is next up for reelection in 2022.

She was previously the representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2016.

Photo of Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Duckworth.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 Oct 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Tammy Duckworth sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Duckworth was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Duckworth sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Health (14%) Environmental Protection (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Education (9%) Energy (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Duckworth voted Nay

Duckworth voted Nay

Duckworth voted Nay

Duckworth voted Nay

Bill Passed 81/17 on Jan 12, 2017.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, appointed on President Trump's first day in office, was a four-star Marine general. Mattis’s recent service upends the traditional separation ...

Duckworth voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Duckworth voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for ...

Duckworth voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Duckworth voted Not Voting

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 ...

Duckworth voted No

Duckworth voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Oct 2019, Duckworth missed 92 of 925 roll call votes, which is 9.9%. 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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Primary Sources

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