Read our 2018 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 Oct 21, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Chris Van Hollen Jr. sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Member, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Van Hollen was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- 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 4 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:
Education (17%) International Affairs (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Health (14%) Taxation (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Agriculture and Food (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Van Hollen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 364: A resolution congratulating the Washington Mystics on winning the 2019 Women’s National Basketball ...
- S. 2591: Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Act of 2019
- S. 2553: Eliminating Discrimination And Creating Corridors to Expand Student Success Act of 2019
- S.Res. 330: A resolution instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the ...
- S. 2488: 8-K Trading Gap Act of 2019
- S. 2387: We Protect American Investment in Drugs Act
- S. 2394: Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian ...
From Jan 2017 to Oct 2019, Van Hollen missed 5 of 929 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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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