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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Shelby.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Richard Shelby sits on the following committees:

  • Chair, Joint Committee on Printing
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Vice Chair, Joint Committee on the Library
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Chair, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Enacted Legislation

Shelby was the primary sponsor of 25 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

Shelby sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (29%)Finance and Financial Sector (24%)Sports and Recreation (18%)Taxation (18%)International Affairs (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Shelby’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 H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay 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. 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 ...
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.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay S.Res. 16 (113th): A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Jan 24, 2013. Resolution Agreed to 86/9.
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 ...
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.
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 1987 to Mar 2018, Shelby missed 199 of 10,239 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with 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
1987 Jan-Mar5000.0%0th
1987 Apr-Jun12300.0%0th
1987 Jul-Sep1201613.3%86th
1987 Oct-Dec12732.4%29th
1988 Jan-Mar8411.2%0th
1988 Apr-Jun13700.0%0th
1988 Jul-Sep12710.8%29th
1988 Oct-Oct3100.0%0th
1989 Jan-Mar2600.0%0th
1989 Apr-Jun7700.0%0th
1989 Jul-Sep11800.0%0th
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-Jun7400.0%0th
1991 Jul-Sep9600.0%0th
1991 Oct-Nov6900.0%0th
1992 Jan-Mar6100.0%0th
1992 Apr-Jun7400.0%0th
1992 Jul-Sep11700.0%0th
1992 Oct-Oct1800.0%0th
1993 Feb-Mar9344.3%89th
1993 Apr-Jun9922.0%60th
1993 Jul-Sep10900.0%0th
1993 Oct-Nov9433.2%44th
1994 Jan-Mar8644.7%67th
1994 Apr-Jun924751.1%89th
1994 Jul-Sep13632.2%70th
1994 Oct-Dec1516.7%70th
1995 Jan-Mar12543.2%60th
1995 Apr-Jun17174.1%90th
1995 Jul-Sep18463.3%80th
1995 Oct-Dec13310.8%50th
1996 Jan-Mar60610.0%91st
1996 Apr-Jun12200.0%0th
1996 Jul-Sep12110.8%45th
1996 Oct-Oct300.0%0th
1997 Jan-Mar3500.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun12500.0%0th
1997 Jul-Sep10300.0%0th
1997 Oct-Nov3500.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar5235.8%82nd
1998 Apr-Jun13100.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep10921.8%59th
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8111.2%63rd
1999 Apr-Jun11110.9%55th
1999 Jul-Sep11254.5%79th
1999 Oct-Nov7000.0%0th
2000 Feb-Mar5100.0%0th
2000 Apr-Jun12000.0%0th
2000 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2000 Oct-Dec3800.0%0th
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15710.6%46th
2001 Jul-Sep6800.0%0th
2001 Oct-Dec9200.0%0th
2002 Jan-Mar59610.2%78th
2002 Apr-Jun10743.7%92nd
2002 Jul-Sep6123.3%65th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar11200.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun15021.3%46th
2003 Jul-Sep10821.9%63rd
2003 Oct-Nov8955.6%93rd
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8800.0%0th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8111.2%63rd
2005 Apr-Jun8900.0%0th
2005 Jul-Sep7600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec12021.7%52nd
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10765.6%84th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1616.3%81st
2007 Jan-Mar12600.0%0th
2007 Apr-Jun11210.9%39th
2007 Jul-Sep11910.8%24th
2007 Oct-Dec8500.0%0th
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7711.3%31st
2008 Jul-Sep4724.3%62nd
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10810.9%50th
2010 Apr-Jun9611.0%42nd
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5135.9%79th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5811.7%30th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8200.0%0th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10910.9%47th
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%61st
2012 Nov-Dec5000.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9211.1%62nd
2013 Apr-Jun7645.3%82nd
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8022.5%66th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12300.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep5423.7%76th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13532.2%81st
2015 Apr-Jun8533.5%80th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6711.5%47th
2016 Jan-Mar38923.7%94th
2016 Apr-Jun7900.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep34411.8%83rd
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5411.9%62nd
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11721.7%69th
2018 Jan-Mar4900.0%0th

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Richard Shelby is pronounced:

RI-cherd // SHEL-bee

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Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Committees · Hearings and Events · Committee Archives · Notice of Assistance · Legislature Online · Committee Assignments(PDF)

  • Child Welfare: Review the efficacy and quality of services offered to ensure family preservation while in the Family Based Social Services (FBSS) stage of service at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Make recommendations to better track quality of services and link payments to providers of these services to outcomes for families and children.

    Analyze the Department of Family and Protective Services' progress in meeting statutory requirements related to timely visits to children involved in a reported case of abuse or neglect. Make recommendations to further improve the timeliness of these visits.

    Review services and supports provided to children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the state, and the level of preparedness given to youth aging out of state care. Examine the impact of recent legislation related to these populations, and make recommendations to ensure youth in care are ready for adulthood and to reduce the likelihood of intergenerational perpetuation of child maltreatment.

    Assess the effectiveness of public and private agency efforts to recruit and retain foster parents. Identify barriers to entry and obstacles that prevent interested families from continuing to provide foster care. Recommend solutions to increase foster recruitment and address non-renewals, especially in first-time foster parents.
  • Substance Abuse/Opioids: Review substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery programs operated or funded by the state and make recommendations to enhance services, outreach, and agency coordination. Examine the adequacy of substance use, services for pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in Medicaid or the Healthy Texas Women Program and recommend ways to improve substance use related health outcomes for these women and their newborns. Examine the impact of recent legislative efforts to curb overprescribing and doctor shopping via the prescription monitoring program and recommend ways to expand on current efforts.
  • Medicaid Managed Care Quality and Compliance: Review the Health and Human Services Commission’s efforts to improve quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including pay-for-quality initiatives in Medicaid managed care. Compare alternative payment models and value-based payment arrangements with providers in Medicaid managed care, the Employees Retirement System, and the Teachers Retirement System, and identify areas for cross-collaboration and coordination among these entities.

    Evaluate the commission's efforts to ensure Medicaid managed care organizations' compliance with contractual obligations and the use of incentives and sanctions to enforce compliance. Assess the commission's progress in implementing competitive bidding practices for Medicaid managed care contracts and other initiatives to ensure the best value for taxpayer dollars used in Medicaid managed care contracts.
  • Health Care Cost Transparency: Study efforts by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Department of Insurance to increase health care cost transparency, including a review of the Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) system, and the Consumer Guide to Healthcare. Recommend ways to make provider and facility fees more accessible to consumers to improve health care cost transparency, increase quality of care, and create a more informed health care consumer base.
  • Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 85th Legislature and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to:
    • Initiatives to increase capacity and reduce waitlists in the mental health system, including the construction of state hospitals and new community grant programs;
    • Initiatives to better understand the causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, including the impact of legislation passed during the first special session of the 85th Legislature. Recommend ways to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and methods to better collect data related to maternal mortality and morbidity;
    • Initiatives intended to improve child safety, Child Protective Services workforce retention, and development of additional capacity in the foster care system. Make additional recommendations to ensure children with high levels of medical or mental health needs receive timely access to services in the least restrictive setting;
    • Efforts to transfer case management of foster children and families to Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs). Monitor the progress of this transition and make recommendations to ensure the process provides continuity of services for children and families and ongoing community engagement;
    • Initiatives to strengthen oversight of long-term care facilities to ensure safety and improve quality for residents and clients of these entities; and
    • Abortion complications and other reporting legislation that was passed by the 85th Legislature.
  • Review the state's response to Hurricane Harvey with a focus on public health efforts at the local and state level. The review should include an analysis of the state and local response related to vector control, immunization needs, utilization of health-related volunteers, adequacy of an emergency medical network, evacuation of vulnerable populations from state operated or regulated facilities, and coordination between all levels of government. Recommend any legislative changes necessary to improve public health response and coordination during and after a disaster.
  • Evaluate the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the capacity of out-of-home placements and care for youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Determine how the state can ensure support is available to provide appropriate care as close to home as possible as facilities and offices are rebuilt.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Disaster-SNAP programs following Hurricane Harvey in impacted areas.

85th Session Interim

85th First Called Session

85th Regular Session

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