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Sen. Ron Johnson

Senator for Wisconsin

pronounced ron // JON-sin

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.

Photo of Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 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 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 Aug 1, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Ron Johnson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Johnson was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Johnson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) International Affairs (18%) Health (13%) Emergency Management (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Immigration (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Johnson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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

Bill Passed 92/6 on Aug 1, 2018.

H.R. 6147 provides a total of $58.675 billion in total discretionary budget authority for agencies within the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and ...

Johnson voted Nay

Bill Passed 86/11 on Jun 28, 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

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Johnson voted Yea

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

Johnson voted Nay

Johnson voted Nay

Johnson voted Nay

Johnson voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Aug 2019, Johnson missed 43 of 2,506 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: