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Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Senator for Maryland

pronounced kriss // van HAWL-un

Van Hollen is the junior senator from Maryland and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Van Hollen is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2016.

Photo of Sen. Chris Van Hollen [D-MD]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Van Hollen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Van Hollen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Van Hollen has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Sep 15, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 98% American Civil Liberties Union: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ United States Chamber of Commerce: 50% The Club for Growth: 8%

Committee Membership

Chris Van Hollen sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Van Hollen sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) International Affairs (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Health (11%) Taxation (9%) Education (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Van Hollen’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Van Hollen voted No

Van Hollen voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Van Hollen voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Van Hollen voted Aye

Van Hollen voted Nay

Van Hollen voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Sep 2021, Van Hollen missed 6 of 1,684 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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