Senator Cantwell Committee Assignments


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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cantwell 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).

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Committee Membership

Maria Cantwell sits on the following committees:

  • Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
    • Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Enacted Legislation

Cantwell was the primary sponsor of 13 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

Cantwell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (32%)Taxation (18%)Energy (12%)Science, Technology, Communications (8%)Native Americans (8%)Armed Forces and National Security (8%)Commerce (7%)Health (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cantwell’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 ...
Nay S. 612: WIIN Act
Dec 10, 2016. Motion Agreed to 78/21.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 24, 2015. Motion Agreed to 60/38.
This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. The House had ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea 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 ...
Nay On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Yea S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
Nay H.R. 1424 (110th): Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
Oct 1, 2008. Bill Passed 74/25.
This is the Senate's October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called "vehicle" to pass the relief bill ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Mar 2018, Cantwell missed 31 of 5,325 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. 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
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15700.0%0th
2001 Jul-Sep6811.5%43rd
2001 Oct-Dec9211.1%48th
2002 Jan-Mar5900.0%0th
2002 Apr-Jun10700.0%0th
2002 Jul-Sep6100.0%0th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar11200.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun15032.0%82nd
2003 Jul-Sep10800.0%0th
2003 Oct-Nov8900.0%0th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8800.0%0th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
2005 Apr-Jun8900.0%0th
2005 Jul-Sep7600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec12075.8%87th
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10710.9%26th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12632.4%70th
2007 Apr-Jun11200.0%0th
2007 Jul-Sep11932.5%73rd
2007 Oct-Dec8500.0%0th
2008 Jan-Mar8511.2%51st
2008 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep4700.0%0th
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8922.2%76th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10810.9%50th
2010 Apr-Jun9611.0%42nd
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5800.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep4912.0%48th
2011 Oct-Dec8211.2%45th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7600.0%0th
2013 Jul-Sep4312.3%73rd
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9311.1%49th
2014 Apr-Jun12300.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9611.0%50th
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-Jun5423.7%82nd
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar4900.0%0th

Primary Sources

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

Maria Cantwell is pronounced:

muh-REE-uh // KANT-wel

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

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Policy Priorities

What policy areas does Sen. Cantwell focus on, as expressed by her press releases? Learn more.

  • Foreign Trade and International Finance10.7%
  • Transportation and Public Works10.4%
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources9.0%
  • Health7.0%
  • Energy6.8%
  • Science, Technology, Communications6.1%
  • Environmental Protection5.1%
  • Emergency Management4.5%
  • Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues3.8%
  • Taxation3.7%
  • Finance and Financial Sector3.6%
  • Native Americans3.4%
  • Immigration3.0%
  • Armed Forces and National Security2.5%
  • Labor and Employment2.4%
  • Housing and Community Development2.3%
  • Commerce2.2%
  • Education2.0%
  • Water Resources Development2.0%
  • Sports and Recreation1.8%
  • International Affairs1.8%
  • Agriculture and Food1.4%
  • Economics and Public Finance1.4%
  • Social Welfare & Families1.4%
  • Arts, Culture, Religion & History1.0%
  • Crime and Law Enforcement0.8%
  • Government Operations and Politics0.2%

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Distinctive Topics

What topics does Sen. Cantwell talk about in her recent press releases more often than other members of Congress do? Learn more.

  • tri cities
  • sea tac
  • columbia river
  • multimodal freight
  • coast guard
  • pacific northwest
  • oil train
  • puget sound

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