Barrasso is the senior senator from Wyoming and is a Republican. He has served since Jun 25, 2007. Barrasso is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 70 years old.
He is also Senate Republican Conference Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Barrasso.
Barrasso is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Barrasso has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 30, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
John Barrasso sits on the following committees:
Barrasso was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4978 (117th): State Offices of Rural Health Program Reauthorization Act of 2022
- S. 4555 (117th): Japanese American World War II History Network Act
- S. 3051 (116th): America’s Conservation Enhancement Act
- S. 4694 (116th): Russian Suspension Agreement Extension Act of 2020
- S. 990 (116th): Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act
- S. 2194 (116th): PREDATORS Act
- S. 383 (116th): USE IT Act
Does 19 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).
Barrasso sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Energy (26%) Health (16%) Environmental Protection (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) International Affairs (11%) Taxation (7%) Water Resources Development (7%) Animals (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Barrasso recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 1046: A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to apportionments …
- S. 1043: A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify standards …
- S. 1035: A bill to prohibit funding for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete …
- S. 934: A bill to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to assign certain …
- S. 908: A bill to oppose the provision of assistance to the People’s Republic of …
- S. 912: A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to provide technology grants to …
- S. 763: Reduce Russian Uranium Imports Act
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
As Senate Republican Conference Chair, Barrasso may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jun 2007 to Mar 2023, Barrasso missed 138 of 5,116 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||1||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress||2||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills