Johnson is the senior senator from Wisconsin and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Johnson is next up for reelection in 2022.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Johnson.
Johnson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Johnson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ron Johnson sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Senate Committee on the Budget
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
Johnson was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2836: Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018
- S. 204: Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017
- S. 585 (115th): Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
- S. 1103: Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017
- S. 1083 (115th): A bill to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a ...
- S. 576: Follow the Rules Act
- S.J.Res. 12: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition ...
Does 20 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).
Johnson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) International Affairs (17%) Emergency Management (12%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Immigration (7%) Education (5%)
Some of Johnson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2779: Luke and Alex School Safety Act of 2019
- S. 2769: Congressional Reporting Burden Reduction Act
- S. 2682: SOAR Permanent Authorization Act
- S. 2162: Securing America’s Borders Act of 2019
- S.Res. 259: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that United States leadership in ...
- S. 1867: DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act
- S. 1669: CURD Act
From Jan 2011 to Dec 2019, Johnson missed 52 of 2,641 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with 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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