Jeff Sessions Committee Assignments

There are 15 full-time members of the Senate Intelligence Committee — eight Republicans and seven Democrats — and the panel is considered to be one of the last bastions of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

The committee is led by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.).

Burr is the son of a minister and played football at Wake Forest University. He spent 17 years selling lawn equipment before winning a House seat in 1994. Beyond his current perch, he’s known as a quirkier member, known for wearing loafers with no socks and owning a Volkswagen Thing that he parks prominently near the U.S. Capitol.

Warner is a Connecticut native who attended George Washington University and worked on Capitol Hill before becoming a multimillionaire technology executive and then launching his political career.

Burr became committee chairman in 2015 when Republicans seized control of the Senate. Warner became top Democrat on the panel this year when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) dropped one slot in the pecking order so she could take the top Democratic seat on the Judiciary Committee. Democrats see the new assignment  as a way to keep Warner — a former governor who has admitted to presidential aspirations — happy, and to help him fully embrace his senatorial role.

REPUBLICANS:

James E. Risch (Idaho): Risch is one of Trump’s biggest supporters on Capitol Hill and is among the Republicans especially concerned about ongoing leaks to the news media. In recent interviews, he’s called on the Justice Department to root out the “weasel” leaking the information. He’s served on the panel since 2009 — making him one of the longer-serving members.

Marco Rubio (Fla.): The former presidential candidate is among the Republicans willing to criticize Trump publicly. He’s been on the Intelligence Committee since 2011.

Susan Collins (Maine): On the committee since 2013, Collins is also among the president’s most vocal critics in regards to the Russia affair.

Roy Blunt (Mo.): A member of Senate GOP leadership, he’s among a handful of senators in both parties who pressured Burr to intensify the committee’s investigation of Russian meddling this year. During one particularly intense exchange on the Senate floor in February, Blunt and other senators told Burr that if the intelligence panel didn’t step up, other committees would fill the void. Blunt served on the committee during his first two years in the Senate (2011-2012) and rejoined the panel in 2015 after serving in the interim on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

James Lankford (Okla.): The Oklahoma senator joined the committee in 2015. He’s a staunch defender of the committee’s Russia probe, even in the face of criticism that it is complicating Trump’s presidency. He said he’s focused on how Russia’s meddling may have hampered the nation’s public institutions.

Tom Cotton (Ark.): A staunch supporter of Trump’s foreign policy, he joined the committee in 2015.

John Cornyn (Tex.): The second-ranking Republican senator, he’s also a Trump ally and far less willing to be critical of the president — other than to voice concern with how the investigations and Trump’s response distract from Republican legislative priorities.

DEMOCRATS:

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.): The former committee chairwoman is the only member who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Justice Department. She has called on Sessions to come before that committee as well.

Ron Wyden (Ore.): He’s one of the longest-serving committee members, on the panel since 2001. He’s also known as a fierce critic of the intelligence community.

Martin Heinrich (N.M.): An engineer by training, the New Mexico senator keeps a low profile but has been on the committee since he joined the Senate in 2012. Unlike some colleagues more interested in grandstanding, Heinrich usually uses his question time to extract actual information. He also regularly challenges witnesses for not being more forthcoming with information.

Angus King (Maine): The committee’s only independent senator has been totally uncompromising in promoting the committee’s probe.

Joe Manchin III (W.Va.): The moderate Democrat joined the committee this year.

Kamala D. Harris (Calif.): The former California attorney general is the only first-term senator on the committee and is often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

Regarding the committee’s Russia investigation, “I do become a bit impatient with the case, I do believe we need to pick it up,” she told the San Diego Union-Tribune this month.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Sessions.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Enacted Legislation

Sessions was the primary sponsor of 9 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

Sessions sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (68%)Immigration (11%)Economics and Public Finance (11%)International Affairs (11%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sessions’s VoteVote Description
Nay S. 612: WIIN Act
Dec 10, 2016. Motion Agreed to 78/21.
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed 85/12.
This week, the Senate began debate on the first major energy legislation to be considered since 2007. Introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the bill -- S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act -- received an unlikely overwhelming bipartisan vote when it passed out of ...
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 ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Not Voting 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. 3304 (113th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Dec 19, 2013. Motion Agreed to 84/15.
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 PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Feb 2017, Sessions missed 175 of 6,295 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Feb 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1997 Jan-Mar3500.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun12500.0%0th
1997 Jul-Sep10321.9%82nd
1997 Oct-Nov3500.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar5223.8%59th
1998 Apr-Jun13100.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep10965.5%88th
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8122.5%68th
1999 Apr-Jun11100.0%0th
1999 Jul-Sep11232.7%68th
1999 Oct-Nov7000.0%0th
2000 Feb-Mar5100.0%0th
2000 Apr-Jun12010.8%47th
2000 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2000 Oct-Dec3825.3%47th
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15731.9%83rd
2001 Jul-Sep68710.3%78th
2001 Oct-Dec9244.3%91st
2002 Jan-Mar5958.5%74th
2002 Apr-Jun10721.9%67th
2002 Jul-Sep6134.9%87th
2002 Oct-Nov2627.7%87th
2003 Jan-Mar11200.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun15010.7%29th
2003 Jul-Sep10810.9%41st
2003 Oct-Nov8900.0%0th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8811.1%48th
2004 Jul-Sep42716.7%96th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
2005 Apr-Jun8911.1%50th
2005 Jul-Sep7622.6%67th
2005 Oct-Dec12032.5%65th
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10710.9%26th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12643.2%83rd
2007 Apr-Jun11243.6%80th
2007 Jul-Sep11910.8%24th
2007 Oct-Dec8544.7%83rd
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep4712.1%40th
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar1181210.2%98th
2009 Apr-Jun9666.3%88th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9422.1%70th
2010 Jan-Mar10821.9%64th
2010 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2010 Jul-Sep4424.5%84th
2010 Nov-Dec5123.9%75th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5800.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8267.3%94th
2012 Jan-Mar6323.2%83rd
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9211.1%62nd
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%36th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8011.3%49th
2014 Jan-Mar9311.1%49th
2014 Apr-Jun12310.8%26th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9688.3%90th
2015 Jan-Mar13510.7%52nd
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%46th
2015 Jul-Sep5223.8%74th
2015 Oct-Dec6700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar3812.6%45th
2016 Apr-Jun7911.3%45th
2016 Jul-Sep34617.6%95th
2016 Nov-Dec12216.7%97th
2017 Jan-Mar603965.0%99th

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