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 Jun 10, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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 18 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 18 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:
Some of Barrasso’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1969: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate the ...
- S. 1761: A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes ...
- S. 1750: A bill to redesignate land within certain wilderness study areas in the State ...
- S. 1616: FILM Act
- S. 1600: Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2021
- S. 1450: Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2021
- S. 1264: Resiliency for Ranching and Natural Conservation Health Act
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 Jun 2021, Barrasso missed 22 of 4,320 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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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