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 Mar 2, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Barrasso sits on the following committees:
Barrasso was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3051 (116th): America’s Conservation Enhancement Act
- S. 990 (116th): Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act
- S. 2194 (116th): PREDATORS Act
- S. 1061 (116th): John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2019
- S. 382 (116th): Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act
- S. 268 (116th): Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Act
- S. 512 (115th): Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act
Does 15 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:
Environmental Protection (18%) Energy (16%) Native Americans (15%) Health (13%) Water Resources Development (11%) Animals (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of Barrasso’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4897 (116th): American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020
- S. 4694 (116th): Russian Suspension Agreement Extension Act of 2020
- S. 4589 (116th): Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2020
- S. 3971 (116th): Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2020
- S. 3591 (116th): America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020
- S. 3590 (116th): Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020
- S. 3390 (116th): Physician Shortage GME Cap Flex Act of 2020
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 2021, Barrasso missed 19 of 4,162 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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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