Walden was the representative for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1999 to 2020.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Walden.
Walden is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Walden sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Walden was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 7379 (116th): To designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bend, Oregon, as the “Robert D. Maxwell Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”.
- H.R. 7116 (116th): To amend the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2000 to make certain technical corrections.
- H.R. 5928 (116th): FIRST RESPONDER Act of 2020
- H.R. 1803 (116th): To nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865.
- H.R. 525 (116th): Strengthening the Health Care Fraud Prevention Task Force Act of 2019
- H.R. 524 (116th): Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act
- H.R. 6 (115th): SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Does 28 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).
Walden sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (31%) Science, Technology, Communications (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%) Water Resources Development (5%)
Some of Walden’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8780 (116th): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for ...
- H.R. 8545 (116th): Beat CHINA for 5G Act of 2020
- H.R. 8503 (116th): To authorize the honorary promotion to corporal of Private First Class Delbert ...
- H.R. 8159 (116th): Department of Energy Organization and Management Improvement Act
- H.R. 8154 (116th): Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act
- H.R. 7379 (116th): To designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bend, ...
- H.R. 7283 (116th): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that certain ...
From Jan 1999 to Dec 2020, Walden missed 198 of 14,475 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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