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Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Oregon
Democrat
Serving Jan 1, 1996 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Wyden’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Wyden’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wyden introduced 20 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 256: A bill to amend Public ...; S. 352: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of ...; S. 353: Oregon Treasures Act of 2013; S. 354: Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of ...; S. 363: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; S. 659: A bill to reauthorize the ...; S. 693: A bill to amend the ...; S. 783: Helium Stewardship Act of 2013; S. 1237: Omnibus Territories Act of 2013; S. 1301: Oregon Eastside Forests Restoration, Old ...; S. 1309: Military Land Withdrawals Act of ...; S. 1419: Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy ...; S. 1513: High Technology Jobs Preservation Act ...; S. 1784: Oregon and California Land Grant ...; S. 1946: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2110: Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary ...; S. 2157: Commonsense Medicare SGR Repeal and ...; S. 2260: EXPIRE Act of 2014; S. 2261: Tax Technical Corrections Act of ...; S. 2379: Klamath Basin Water Recovery and ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

12 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 256: A bill to amend Public ...; S. 363: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; S. 748: Veterans Pension Protection Act; S. 783: Helium Stewardship Act of 2013; S. 812: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 971: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act; S. 1237: Omnibus Territories Act of 2013; S. 1240: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of ...; S. 1419: Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy ...; S. 1551: Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform ...; S. 1946: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2553: IMPACT Act of 2014

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (95th percentile); Senate Democrats (94th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 256: A bill to amend Public ...; S. 363: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; S. 402: A bill to provide for ...; S. 641: Palliative Care and Hospice Education ...; S. 748: Veterans Pension Protection Act; S. 915: Student Right to Know Before ...; S. 971: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act; S. 1053: Hospice Evaluation and Legitimate Payment ...; S. 1118: Child Sex Trafficking Data and ...; S. 1137: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and ...; S. 1196: Aaron’s Law Act of 2013; S. 1228: Medicare Better Health Rewards Program ...; S. 1235: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of ...; S. 1250: Transportation and Regional Infrastructure Project ...; S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act; S. 2553: IMPACT Act of 2014; S. 2903: SPOT Act; S. 2981: Secure Data Act of 2014; S.Res. 573: A resolution commemorating the 50th ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Supported government transparency the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Wyden supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Wyden 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Wyden cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to All Senators

Wyden introduced 64 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (79th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd top leader compared to All Senators

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Wyden’s bills and resolutions had 326 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (32nd percentile); Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Wyden held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Wyden’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Wyden tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 34% of Wyden’s 64 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (53rd percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 234 bills that Wyden cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Bills Cosponsored

Wyden cosponsored 234 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wyden introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 256: A bill to amend Public ...; S. 2553: IMPACT Act of 2014

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (46th percentile); Senate Democrats (58th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Missed Votes

Wyden missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Wyden’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.