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.
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 Jun 10, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Chris Van Hollen sits on the following committees:
Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- 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
- H.R. 2552 (108th): Strengthen AmeriCorps Program Act
Does 7 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%) Health (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Education (9%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%)
Some of Van Hollen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2028: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a ...
- S. 1991: A bill to authorize a new type of housing choice voucher to help ...
- S. 1926: A bill to establish a Federal Capital Revolving Fund to assist Federal agencies ...
- S. 1768: A bill to make grants to support online training of residential contractors and ...
- S. 1688: Federal Flood Risk Management Act of 2021
- S. 1661: National Fab Lab Network Act of 2021
- S. 1545: Disclosure of Tax Havens and Offshoring Act
From Jan 2017 to Jun 2021, Van Hollen missed 6 of 1,548 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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