Read our 2020 Report Card for Van Hollen.
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
Chris Van Hollen sits on the following committees:
Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S.J.Res. 15: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency ...
- S. 2591 (116th): Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Act of 2019
- S. 1218 (116th): World War I Valor Medals Review Act
- S. 946 (116th): Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019
- S. 1582 (115th): Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act
- H.R. 2017 (111th): To amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Military Officers Association of America, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 5778 (110th): District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Independence Preservation Act
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).
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%)
Some of Van Hollen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2545: YALI Act of 2021
- S. 2397: Helping Students SOAR with Social Security Act
- S. 2360: 8–K Trading Gap Act of 2021
- S. 2211: Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act
- S. 2133: Focus on Children Act
- S. 2046: Community-Based Response Act of 2021
- S. 2028: Millionaires Surtax Act
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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