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Sen. Ron Johnson

Senator for Wisconsin

pronounced ron // JON-sun


Johnson is the senior senator from Wisconsin and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Johnson’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Johnson is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. In the days leading up to January 6, 2021’s congressional certification of the election, Johnson announced his intent to object to the inclusion of some states from the certification, which would have disenfranchised millions of voters and amplified lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories about purported fraud. Then on January 6, Johnson attempted to change Wisconsin and Michigan’s votes by submitting fraudulent electors to Congress for consideration instead of the electors certified by the states. (He ultimately did not vote to exclude any states from the Electoral College, however.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Johnson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 3, 2017 to Dec 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Ron Johnson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Johnson was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 27 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Johnson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Emergency Management (21%) Health (16%) International Affairs (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Education (8%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Johnson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Johnson voted Nay

Resolution Agreed to 89/11 on Feb 9, 2021.

This was a Senate Resolution on procedures for the trial of the former President. It needed only a simple majority to pass, but received 87 …

Johnson voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, …

Johnson voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 87/13 on Dec 11, 2018.

See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and …

Johnson voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 71/28 on Feb 9, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have …

Johnson voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Johnson voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Johnson voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2022, Johnson missed 120 of 3,863 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% 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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Primary Sources

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