With the UN and Supreme Court confirmations thrown in for good measure:
Note: Luther Strange faces a special election this year, which has already drawn a considerable crowd into the Republican primary.
Not one Republican facing immediate re-election has voted against a single Cabinet nominee, while all of the Democrats have cast at least four votes against. In the “race for strongest opposition”, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads, having opposed every nominee but two: Nikki Haley for the UN and David Shulkin (originally appointed by President Obama for an undersecretary position) for the V.A. Not one Democrat opposed Shulkin, making him the sole unanimous pick of President Trump. Right behind Gillibrand in opposition is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (she supported Secretary of Defense James Mattis) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (he supported Mattis and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein).
The Democrats most supportive of the President’s Cabinet don’t exactly fall in ranking the way you might expect. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin of course leads the pack here, supporting everyone but Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, Mick Mulvaney and Wilbur Ross. That shouldn’t shock anyone, as his state voted for the President by over forty-two points. The next most supportive isn’t much of a shock either: North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who opposed Jeff Sessions and Steve Mnuchin in addition to Manchin’s nays (but supported Ross). Her state was the next most Republican overall in the Presidential contest. Both of these Senators were allegedly considered by Trump for Cabinet positions late last year. But if you are going by the state’s last Presidential vote, you won’t run into the next most co-operative Senator: Montana’s Jon Tester opposed eight nominees. Rather, Maine’s Independent Senator Angus King comes in third, having opposed seven but supported fifteen of Trump’s nominees. Right behind him is Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, who supported 14 of 22 (missing one vote and officially voting nay on seven). Rounding out the list of Democrats voting for a majority of the nominations are Tester and Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, each supporting thirteen.
What of the remaining Democrats facing re-election? Florida Senator Bill Nelson and Virginia Senator (and 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate) Tim Kaine each backed half of the President’s nominees. But Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, whose state voted more in favor of the President than either Kaine’s or Nelson’s, backed only ten, as did Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, California Senator Diane Feinstein, and Delaware Senator Tom Carper. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, both representing states that narrowly supported Trump, confirmed only nine of his choices. Rounding out the pack of Senators in “close” states, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin supported less than a third of the President’s choices.