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Congressman Steve Daines Committee Assignments

Biography

Daines was born in southern California but grew up in Bozeman, Montana. His family had connections to the state going back five generations; his great-great-grandmother emigrated from Norway in 1869 and homesteaded in Montana. Daines attended Montana State University (MSU), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1984. He then worked for Procter & Gamble in the United States and abroad. During that time Daines married, and he and his wife, Cindy, later had three children. In 1997 Daines returned to Montana to join his family’s construction firm. Three years later he became an executive at Rightnow Technologies.

Daines’s political activities began in college, where he served as president of the MSU College Republicans. He represented Montana as a Ronald Reagan delegate at the 1984 Republican National Convention, and he served as state chairman of Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in 2007–08. Daines first ran for public office in 2008, when he was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. However, he lost in the general election. In 2012 he joined the race for Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Popular within the Tea Party movement, he adopted a campaign platform that included calls for a balanced federal budget and the development of Montana’s natural resources without the oversight of such federal authorities as the Environmental Protection Agency. He won the election, and after taking office in 2013, he continued to pursue a conservative agenda. He publicly opposed gun-control efforts, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and restrictions on energy development. In addition, he was a vocal proponent of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. In 2014 Daines ran for the U.S. Senate and was easily elected.

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Daines.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Steve Daines sits on the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
    • Member, Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade
    • Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Enacted Legislation

Daines was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

Daines sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (23%)Government Operations and Politics (20%)Taxation (14%)Armed Forces and National Security (14%)Energy (10%)Native Americans (7%)Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Daines’s VoteVote Description
Nay 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 H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Dec 9, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 85/12.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
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 S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed 81/17.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 3361 (113th): USA FREEDOM Act
May 22, 2014. Passed 303/121.
Nay H.R. 3547 (113th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
Jan 15, 2014. Passed 359/67.
This is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the bill that set the federal budget for fiscal year 2014. The bill began as the Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act but was used as the vehicle for the passage of the budget deal. On January ...
Nay H.R. 41 (113th): Hurricane Sandy relief bill
Jan 4, 2013. Passed 354/67.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2018, Daines missed 0 of 877 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better 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
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8500.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7900.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar5000.0%0th

Primary Sources

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