Read our 2018 Report Card for Wyden.
Wyden 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 Wyden has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 5, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ron Wyden sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Finance
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Joint Committee on Taxation
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Wyden was the primary sponsor of 55 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 205: Right Rebate Act of 2019
- S. 86: Oregon Wildlands Act
- S. 82: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Designation Act
- S. 81: Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act
- S. 508: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act
- S. 225: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act
- S. 817 (114th): A bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.
Does 55 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).
Wyden sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (24%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (22%) Health (12%) Energy (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Social Welfare (4%)
Some of Wyden’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2989: A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify ...
- S. 2884: Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act
- S. 2861: A bill to amend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of ...
- S. 2828: Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act
- S. 2787: Opportunity Zone Reporting and Reform Act
- S. 2806: Department of Veterans Affairs Work Study Expansion Act of 2019
- S. 2738: Providing Real Opportunities for Growth to Rising Entrepreneurs for Sustained Success (PROGRESS) Act
From Feb 1996 to Dec 2019, Wyden missed 101 of 7,518 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills