Sen. Chris Van Hollen Jr.

Senator from Maryland, Democrat

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Maryland and has served since Jan 3, 2017 (next election in 2022).

He was previously the representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district (2003-2016).

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Analysis

Read our 2016 Report Card for Van Hollen.

Our unique analysis of the bills Van Hollen sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the .

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the in . The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Van Hollen is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Chris Van Hollen Jr. sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Van Hollen sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (20%) Taxation (20%) Education (17%) Health (13%) Environmental Protection (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) International Affairs (7%) Energy (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Van Hollen’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 3521 (112th): Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
Feb 8, 2012. Passed 254/173.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Mar 2017, Van Hollen missed 0 of 98 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 29 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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