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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Leahy.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Leahy 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 Leahy has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Patrick Leahy sits on the following committees:

  • Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Joint Committee on the Library
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
    • Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Enacted Legislation

Leahy was the primary sponsor of 104 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Leahy sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (30%)Government Operations and Politics (20%)Taxation (13%)International Affairs (11%)Commerce (10%)Immigration (7%)Armed Forces and National Security (4%)Science, Technology, Communications (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Leahy’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
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 occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Yea On the Nomination PN372: Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
Aug 1, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/31.
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Mar 2018, Leahy missed 588 of 16,128 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1975 Jan-Mar11886.8%0th
1975 Apr-Jun14196.4%0th
1975 Jul-Sep170148.2%0th
1975 Oct-Dec182116.0%0th
1976 Jan-Mar1091816.5%0th
1976 Apr-Jun26393.4%0th
1976 Jul-Sep315237.3%0th
1976 Oct-Oct1300.0%0th
1977 Jan-Mar9288.7%0th
1977 Apr-Jun1781810.1%50th
1977 Jul-Sep233187.7%50th
1977 Oct-Dec1331612.0%0th
1978 Jan-Mar78810.3%50th
1978 Apr-Jun11910.8%0th
1978 Jul-Sep23752.1%0th
1978 Oct-Oct8644.7%0th
1979 Feb-Mar3200.0%0th
1979 Apr-Jun12165.0%33rd
1979 Jul-Sep17184.7%0th
1979 Oct-Dec184147.6%0th
1980 Jan-Mar6700.0%0th
1980 Apr-Jun2164018.5%67th
1980 Jul-Sep179179.5%67th
1980 Oct-Dec8478.3%0th
1981 Jan-Mar5700.0%0th
1981 Apr-Jun12510.8%0th
1981 Jul-Sep12286.6%75th
1981 Oct-Dec1936835.2%75th
1982 Feb-Mar7911.3%0th
1982 Apr-Jun12721.6%50th
1982 Jul-Sep17710.6%25th
1982 Oct-Dec8600.0%0th
1983 Feb-Mar5400.0%0th
1983 Apr-Jun12200.0%0th
1983 Jul-Sep9222.2%25th
1983 Oct-Nov10354.9%50th
1984 Jan-Mar45817.8%75th
1984 Apr-Jun14485.6%50th
1984 Jul-Sep6811.5%0th
1984 Oct-Oct3438.8%50th
1985 Jan-Mar2214.5%60th
1985 Apr-Jun11621.7%60th
1985 Jul-Sep6023.3%60th
1985 Oct-Dec18342.2%20th
1986 Jan-Mar5123.9%60th
1986 Apr-Jun103109.7%80th
1986 Jul-Sep14910.7%40th
1986 Oct-Oct561119.6%80th
1987 Jan-Mar5012.0%29th
1987 Apr-Jun12375.7%71st
1987 Jul-Sep120108.3%57th
1987 Oct-Dec12710.8%0th
1988 Jan-Mar8411.2%0th
1988 Apr-Jun13775.1%71st
1988 Jul-Sep12753.9%43rd
1988 Oct-Oct3100.0%0th
1989 Jan-Mar2600.0%0th
1989 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
1989 Jul-Sep11810.8%57th
1989 Oct-Nov9100.0%0th
1990 Jan-Mar4800.0%0th
1990 Apr-Jun9500.0%0th
1990 Jul-Sep11400.0%0th
1990 Oct-Oct6900.0%0th
1991 Jan-Mar4100.0%0th
1991 Apr-Jun7411.4%86th
1991 Jul-Sep9600.0%0th
1991 Oct-Nov6900.0%0th
1992 Jan-Mar6146.6%71st
1992 Apr-Jun7411.4%71st
1992 Jul-Sep11754.3%57th
1992 Oct-Oct18527.8%86th
1993 Feb-Mar9311.1%67th
1993 Apr-Jun9911.0%50th
1993 Jul-Sep10921.8%70th
1993 Oct-Nov9433.2%44th
1994 Jan-Mar8600.0%0th
1994 Apr-Jun9200.0%0th
1994 Jul-Sep13600.0%0th
1994 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
1995 Jan-Mar1251310.4%80th
1995 Apr-Jun17131.8%30th
1995 Jul-Sep18400.0%0th
1995 Oct-Dec13300.0%0th
1996 Jan-Mar6011.7%55th
1996 Apr-Jun12232.5%73rd
1996 Jul-Sep12110.8%45th
1996 Oct-Oct33100.0%91st
1997 Jan-Mar3512.9%82nd
1997 Apr-Jun12500.0%0th
1997 Jul-Sep10365.8%94th
1997 Oct-Nov3500.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar5211.9%35th
1998 Apr-Jun13110.8%65th
1998 Jul-Sep10910.9%41st
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
1999 Apr-Jun11121.8%70th
1999 Jul-Sep11232.7%68th
1999 Oct-Nov7011.4%63rd
2000 Feb-Mar5100.0%0th
2000 Apr-Jun120108.3%95th
2000 Jul-Sep8911.1%42nd
2000 Oct-Dec38513.2%74th
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15731.9%83rd
2001 Jul-Sep6800.0%0th
2001 Oct-Dec9233.3%78th
2002 Jan-Mar5900.0%0th
2002 Apr-Jun10700.0%0th
2002 Jul-Sep6123.3%65th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar11210.9%59th
2003 Apr-Jun15021.3%46th
2003 Jul-Sep10821.9%63rd
2003 Oct-Nov8900.0%0th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8822.3%70th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec22627.3%93rd
2005 Jan-Mar8111.2%63rd
2005 Apr-Jun8900.0%0th
2005 Jul-Sep7600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec12010.8%42nd
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10710.9%26th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12621.6%57th
2007 Apr-Jun11200.0%0th
2007 Jul-Sep11900.0%0th
2007 Oct-Dec8500.0%0th
2008 Jan-Mar8511.2%51st
2008 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep4724.3%62nd
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9633.1%78th
2009 Jul-Sep8922.2%76th
2009 Oct-Dec9433.2%86th
2010 Jan-Mar10800.0%0th
2010 Apr-Jun9622.1%64th
2010 Jul-Sep4424.5%84th
2010 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar4636.5%78th
2011 Apr-Jun5835.2%73rd
2011 Jul-Sep4912.0%48th
2011 Oct-Dec8200.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar6311.6%63rd
2012 Apr-Jun10910.9%47th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5024.0%72nd
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7600.0%0th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12310.8%26th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9666.3%84th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%46th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6723.0%75th
2016 Jan-Mar3812.6%45th
2016 Apr-Jun7945.1%84th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10111.0%64th
2017 Apr-Jun5411.9%62nd
2017 Jul-Sep5323.8%77th
2017 Oct-Dec11710.9%52nd
2018 Jan-Mar4912.0%58th

Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:

Patrick Leahy is pronounced:

PAT-chrik // LAY-hee

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
acat
aysay
chchin
eemeet
hhat
ipin
kking
lleg
ppen
rrag
ttop

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.