Udall is the senior senator from New Mexico and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Udall is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
He was previously the representative for New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1999 to 2008.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Udall.
Udall 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 Udall has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 5, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Tom Udall sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Vice Chair
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee Ranking Member
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Joint Committee on Printing
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Udall was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 256: Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act
- S. 675: Prompt and Fast Action to Stop Damages Act of 2019
- S. 2926 (114th): Science Prize Competitions Act of 2016
- S. 2508 (114th): Youth Sports Concussion Act
- S. 986 (114th): Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act
- S. 501 (114th): New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act
- S. 898 (113th): Albuquerque, New Mexico, Federal Land Conveyance Act of 2013
Does 22 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).
Udall sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Native Americans (23%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Environmental Protection (13%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Energy (8%) Commerce (6%)
Some of Udall’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4682: A bill to provide grants for local care corps programs.
- S. 4681: A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate ...
- S. 4406: Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act
- S. 4385: Stopping COVID Scams Act of 2020
- S. 4357: REPLANT Act
- S.Res. 662: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.
- S. 3944: Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020
From Jan 2009 to Oct 2020, Udall missed 43 of 3,568 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% 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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