VP Harris Breaks Record for Casting Tiebreaking Votes in the Senate

December 7, 2023

Every time duty has called, Vice President Harris has answered — more than any other vice president in our nation’s long and storied history

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a vote and established herself as the Vice President with the most tiebreaking votes in Senate history.

Why It Matters: The U.S. Constitution deems the vice president the official tiebreaker when lawmakers face an evenly divided vote in the Senate as the Constitution names the VP as president of the Senate. On Tuesday, Vice President Harris cast her 32nd and 33rd tiebreaking votes, surpassing the previous record-holder – former Vice President John Calhoun, who served in office from 1825 to 1832 and cast 31 votes “during his eight years as vice president …” (The Associated Press). Sen. Schumer presented Vice President Harris with a golden gavel honoring her work.

The majority of her tiebreaking votes have related to President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees – such was the case on Tuesday as she cast the 51st vote to confirm a judge to the U.S. District Court in Washington.

Read More:

Vice President Harris breaks nearly 200-year-old record for Senate tiebreaker votes, casts her 32nd (The Associated Press)

Kamala Harris Breaks Record of Tiebreaking Votes in the Senate (The New York Times)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas