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 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2016.
Read our 2019 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Aug 3, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Chris Van Hollen Jr. sits on the following committees:
Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1218: World War I Valor Medals Review Act
- S. 1582: 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 5 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 (19%) International Affairs (17%) Education (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Taxation (12%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)
Some of Van Hollen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4405: A bill to establish a pilot program to provide grants to nongovernmental entities, ...
- S. 4350: A bill to provide immediate relief for patients from certain medical debt collection ...
- S. 4136: COST of Relocations Act
- S. 4083: A bill to amend the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act to ...
- S. 4052: HOPE for HOMES Act of 2020
- S. 3981: District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act
- S. 3982: District of Columbia Police Home Rule Act
From Jan 2017 to Aug 2020, Van Hollen missed 5 of 1,182 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 1.7% 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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