|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Ben Nelson (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$11.53 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November, 2018|
|Nebraska State Senate District 43|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1988|
|Birthday||March 1, 1951|
|Place of birth||Lincoln, NE|
|Profession||Rancher, Sunny Slope Ranch|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Fischer defeated former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and independent candidate Russell Anderson in the November general election. Incumbent Senator Ben Nelson (D) did not seek re-election in 2012. Fischer succeeded him on January 3, 2013.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fischer is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
Born March 1, 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sen. Fischer is a cattle rancher from Valentine, Nebraska. Her experience prior to election to the Nebraska State Legislature include being a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen, the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, the AgBuilders of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Rural Rehabilitation Review Board, the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council and the Governor’s Ag Advisory Council.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Fischer's academic, professional and political career:
- 1990-2004:Valentine Rural High School Board of Education
- 2000-2004:Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
- 2005-2012:Nebraska Unicameral Legislature
Fischer serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Ranking member
- United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
- United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
- United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fischer served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fischer served on these committees:
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Fischer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
John Brennan CIA nomination
Fischer voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Fischer voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Fischer voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.
Fischer voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.
Violence Against Women (2013)
Fischer voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Fischer is a Hard-Core Conservative. Fischer received a score of 18 percent on social issues and 80 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Unknown||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Strongly Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
On her campaign website, Fischer listed nine issues. They were:
- 2nd Amendment Rights
- On her website, Fischer says, "I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I’ve opposed every attempt by liberals to intrude on our right to own firearms. In the Nebraska Legislature, I have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to be an advocate for gun owners and our constitutional rights."
- On her website, Fischer says, "As someone involved in a family ranch business, I know firsthand the challenges and responsibilities people in agriculture face. Agriculture plays a crucial role in our Nebraska economy and provides a stable and safe food supply for our nation and for the world. As a U.S. Senator, I can be a key ally for Nebraska agriculture."
- On her website, Fischer says, "Being dependent on oil coming from countries who are – or who soon could be – enemies of the United States just isn’t wise. I support efforts to produce new sources of energy from wind and solar power and want to advance those technologies so they can become competitive with fossil fuels. In the meantime, I support efforts to increase efficient energy use and to use new technologies to reduce energy consumption. I support renewable energy sources, including ethanol, but I still believe the United States needs to be committed to exploring and recovering all of the potential energy sources we have here at home. In times where gasoline is approaching four dollars per gallon, I strongly believe that we need promote responsible oil drilling in our country."
- On her website, Fischer says, "The government takeover of health care supported by President Obama and Senator Ben Nelson will move medical care in the wrong direction. As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare."
- Illegal Immigration
- On her website, Fischer says, "Keeping our borders secure is a primary responsibility of the federal government. If elected, I will support increased agents/troops on our southern border to beef up security. I support the E-verify system of validating legal immigrants when they apply for a new job. I will not tolerate those who break immigration laws and enter our country illegally."
- National Security
- On her website, Fischer says, "The most important job of the federal government is to keep us safe and secure. Our brave men and women in uniform perform their duty to protect all of us admirably and effectively. In the Senate, I will not play politics with our security and our troops. I will give our military the tools they need to keep America safe and free, and I will ensure our troops and their families are supported and that their needs are met."
- Protecting Life
- On her website, Fischer says, "I am proud to be pro-life and to have had a solid pro-life voting record during my seven years in the Nebraska Legislature. I will continue to support a culture of life by supporting pro-life policies in U.S. Senate."
- Small Businesses
- On her website, Fischer says, "Congress needs to set legislative priorities that will reward entrepreneurship, growth and innovation. When elected to the U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer will have five legislative priorities that she will address to give our small businesses a chance to succeed and create jobs."
- Taxes and Spending
- On her website, Fischer says, "Our federal debt is almost $15 trillion dollars. That is just unacceptable. We simply can not continue to print money to pay our national debt. Our first priority must be to cut federal spending. We cannot tax our way to prosperity like President Obama has proposed. The appetite for big spending programs is strong in Washington D.C. and we need to change politics-as-usual. That’s why I strongly support a balanced budget amendment at the federal level."
Fischer won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Fischer defeated Bob Kerrey (D) and Russell Anderson (I) in the general election. She defeated Jon Bruning, Sharyn Elander, Pat Flynn, Don Stenberg and Spencer Zimmerman in the May 15 Republican primary. She had been trailing in the polls heading into the primary. Outside groups spent more than $2 million on advertising, with more than $1 million going into attack ads against Bruning.
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012|
|Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|US Senate - Nebraska Republican Primary, 2012|
On September 21, 2011, Fischer announced that the following thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral had endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate:
- Greg Adams
- Brad Ashford
- Kathy Campbell
- Mark Christensen
- Abbie Cornett
- Galen Hadley
- Thomas Hansen
- John Harms
- Lavon Heidemann
- Bob Krist
- Dave Pankonin
- Pete Pirsch
- John Wightman
|Nebraska State Senate, District 43 (2008)|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Fischer attends.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Fischer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Fischer raised a total of $5,253,975 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.
|Deb Fischer's Campaign Contribution History|
|Grand Total Raised||$5,253,975|
Cost per vote
Fischer spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.
|United States Senate, 2012 - Deb Fischer Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$5,818,391|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$6,116,555|
|Top contributors to Deb Fischer's campaign committee|
|Senate Conservatives Fund||$83,584|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
In 2008, Fischer collected $68,927 in donations.
Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors||$2,500|
|Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce and Industry||$2,244|
|Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists||$2,000|
|Nebraska Realtors Association||$1,500|
|Nebraska Farm Bureau||$1,500|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Fischer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-4,403,992 and $4,899,995. That averages to $248,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Fischer ranked as the 51st most wealthy senator in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Fischer's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 25 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Deb Fischer Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-25%|
|Average annual growth:||-25%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Fischer received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.
From 2011-2014, 19.61 percent of Fischer's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Deb Fischer Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Crop Production & Basic Processing||$173,912|
|% total in top industry||5.9%|
|% total in top two industries||10.53%|
|% total in top five industries||19.61%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Fischer most often votes with:
Fischer least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Fischer missed 0 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Fischer ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Fischer voted with the Republican Party 91.9 percent of the time, which ranked 5th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.
Fischer voted with the Republican Party 91.9 percent of the time, which ranked 8th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
Fischer (née Strobel) has been married to Bruce Fischer since 1972; they have three children. She is a part-time rancher by trade.
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Sen. Deb Fischer
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2628
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- Deb Fischer 2012 campaign website accessed January 21, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- Unicameral Update, "Senator moonlights as cowpoke on weekends," accessed January 26, 2008
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Deb Fischer," accessed July 1, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List" accessed January 22, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- On The Issues, "Deb Fischer Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Deb Fischer for US Senate, "Issues: Deb Fischer 2012" May 6, 2012 (dead link)
- Deb Fischer 2012 campaign website accessed January 21, 2012
- Wall Street Journal, "Nebraska's Deb Fischer Pulls Upset in Primary," accessed March 16, 2012
- iWatch News, "Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race," May 15, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Canvass Report" accessed October 11, 2012
- www.1011now.com, "Sen. Deb Fischer Announces Endorsements from 13 Neb. State Senators," accessed May 13, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Donor history for Deb Fischer" April 2013
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
- 2008 contributions to Deb Fischer
- OpenSecrets, "Deb Fischer," (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Sen. Deb Fischer," accessed September 18, 2014
- GovTrack, "Deb Fischer," accessed July 22, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Deb Fischer," accessed July 22, 2014
- GovTrack, "Deb Fischer," accessed July 22, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 22, 2014
- Politico, "10 facts about Deb Fischer," May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012
Ben Nelson (D)
|United States Senate - Nebraska
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|Nebraska State Senate District 43
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