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).

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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

Key Votes

Merkley’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Dec 18, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Nov 10, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

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: