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 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 2020 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, 2017 to Jan 20, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
John Barrasso sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member
- Senate Committee on Finance
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Africa and Global Health Policy, Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues subcommittees
Barrasso was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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
- S. 1061 (116th): John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2019
- S. 382 (116th): Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act
Does 17 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 (18%) Environmental Protection (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Health (15%) Water Resources Development (11%) Animals (9%) International Affairs (9%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Barrasso recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 3354: A bill to delay the implementation of a rule relating to the importation …
- S. 3287: Strategic Production Response Act
- S. 3152: A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to disqualify certain …
- S. 2886: CAPE Act
- S. 2587: A bill to oppose the provision of assistance to the People’s Republic of …
- S.Res. 330: A resolution relating to the death of the Honorable Mike Enzi, former Senator …
- S. 2506: Tree Spiking Mitigation Act of 2021
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 Jan 2022, Barrasso missed 52 of 4,629 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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