Sen. Jeff Merkley

Senator from Oregon, Democrat

Merkley, a Democrat, has been the junior senator from Oregon since Jan 6, 2009 (next election in 2020).



Our unique analysis of the bills Merkley has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

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

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Merkley for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Jeff Merkley sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Merkley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (20%) Health (20%) Education (16%) Labor and Employment (11%) Water Resources Development (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Merkley’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 2009 to Sep 2016, Merkley missed 24 of 2,329 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. 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.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: