Johnson, a Republican, is the senior senator from Wisconsin and has served since Jan 5, 2011. Johnson is next up for reelection in 2022.
Read our 2016 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. See full analysis methodology.
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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 Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Senate Committee on the Budget
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Member, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Johnson was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 585: Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
- S. 1083: 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 quorum.
- 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 ...
- S. 2964 (114th): GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016
- S. 1638 (114th): Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015
- S. 1180 (114th): Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015
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 about one third or more 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 (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Emergency Management (10%) Health (9%) Immigration (6%) Taxation (6%)
Some of Johnson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2064: Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act of 2017
- S. 1896: TSA LEAP Pay Reform Act of 2017
- S. 1597: Social Security Identity Defense Act of 2017
- S. 1584: A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to reauthorize ...
- S. 1553: Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act
- S.Res. 218: A resolution celebrating and reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and ...
- S.Res. 206: A resolution urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the cultural significance ...
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H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
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 Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
S. 601 (113th): Water Resources Development Act of 2013
May 15, 2013. Bill Passed 83/14.
S.Res. 16 (113th): A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Jan 24, 2013. Resolution Agreed to 86/9.
S. 223 (112th): FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
Feb 17, 2011. Bill Passed 87/8.
From Jan 2011 to Nov 2017, Johnson missed 37 of 1,925 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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