Wyden is the senior senator from Oregon and is a Democrat. He has served since Feb 5, 1996. Wyden is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1981 to 1996.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to Apr 29, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ron Wyden sits on the following committees:
Wyden was the primary sponsor of 55 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 205 (116th): Right Rebate Act of 2019
- S. 86 (116th): Oregon Wildlands Act
- S. 82 (116th): Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Designation Act
- S. 81 (116th): Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act
- S. 508 (115th): Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act
- S. 225 (115th): 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 (17%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Health (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Energy (9%) Labor and Employment (6%)
Some of Wyden’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1444: A bill to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to establish requirements and ...
- S. 1443: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit treatment ...
- S.Res. 183: A resolution condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority ...
- S.Res. 178: A resolution honoring the life and legacy of award-winning children’s author Beverly Cleary.
- S. 1356: A bill to amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to create permanent ...
- S. 1298: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax ...
- S. 1265: A bill to amend section 2702 of title 18, United States Code, to ...
From Feb 1996 to Apr 2021, Wyden missed 103 of 8,029 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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