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Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Wyden’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Working with the House

the most bills among Senate Democrats

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 26 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. 139: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; S. 602: GI Bill Fairness Act of ...; S. 815: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act; S. 817: A bill to provide for ...; S. 818: A bill to amend the ...; S. 822: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; S. 971: Medicare Independence at Home Medical ...; S. 987: Small Business Tax Equity Act ...; S. 990: Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation ...; S. 1030: Aaron’s Law Act of 2015; S. 1195: Student Right to Know Before ...; S. 1307: Intelligence Budget Transparency Act of ...; S. 1337: SPOT Act; S. 1498: A bill to amend title ...; S. 1740: Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers ...; S. 2009: Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry ...; S. 2069: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 2090: Social Security Earned Benefits Payment ...; S. 2387: Protection of Social Security Benefits ...; S. 2409: Medicare and Medicaid Improvements and ...; S. 2504: MAILS Act; S. 2706: Recreation Not Red-Tape Act; S. 2952: Stopping Mass Hacking Act; S. 2979: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; S. 3214: Vote By Mail Act of ...; S. 3371: Medicare Affordability and Enrollment Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats the most bills out of 44 1
26 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 2nd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 1
40 bills View All
All Senators 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 1
40 bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

the most bills among Senate Democrats

Wyden introduced 87 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats the most bills out of 44 18
87 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th most bills out of 47 8
140 bills View All
All Senators 4th most bills out of 100 8
140 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among Senate Democrats

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Democrats 2nd best score out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 7th best score out of 47
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All Senators 7th best score out of 100
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Committee Positions

2nd highest score among Senate Democrats; tied with 1 other

Wyden held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Wyden’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 2nd highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 44 0
12 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
12 points View All
All Senators 6th highest score (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among All Senators

Wyden’s bills and resolutions had 619 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Democrats 2nd most cosponsors out of 44 73
711 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th most cosponsors out of 47 11
989 cosponsors View All
All Senators 5th most cosponsors out of 100 11
989 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

7th most bills among Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wyden introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 136: Gold Star Fathers Act of ...; S. 815: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act; S. 817: A bill to provide for ...; S. 818: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1448: Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Special ...; S. 2069: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 3348: Presidential Tax Transparency Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 7th most bills out of 44 0
19 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
36 bills View All
All Senators 27th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
36 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

11th most bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 293 bills that Wyden cosponsored, 34% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Democrats 20th most bipartisan out of 44 20
66% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 11th most bipartisan out of 46 11
54% of bills View All
All Senators 25th most bipartisan out of 98 11
66% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Cosponsored

14th most bills among Serving 10+ Years

Wyden cosponsored 293 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 16th fewest bills out of 44 152
479 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 14th most bills out of 47 74
426 bills View All
All Senators 34th most bills out of 100 74
479 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

14th most bills among All Senators; tied with 1 other

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Wyden’s 87 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 8th most bills out of 44 3
36 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 47 0
49 bills View All
All Senators 14th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
49 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

15th most voting among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 2 others

Wyden missed 1.2% of votes (6 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Wyden’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Serving 10+ Years 15th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 47 0
28% missed votes View All
All Senators 38th most voting (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32% missed votes View All
 

Laws Enacted

13th most bills among All Senators; tied with 8 others

Wyden introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 136: Gold Star Fathers Act of ...; S. 139: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; S. 817: A bill to provide for ...; S. 818: A bill to amend the ...; S. 971: Medicare Independence at Home Medical ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 2nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 44 0
9 View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 47 0
15 View All
All Senators 13th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
15 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Ideology Score

24th most liberal among All Senators

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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Democrats 22nd most conservative out of 44
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Serving 10+ Years 14th most liberal out of 47
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All Senators 24th most liberal out of 100
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Powerful Cosponsors

22nd fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 4 others

5 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 139: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials ...; S. 822: Geothermal Production Expansion Act of ...; S.Res. 287: A resolution condemning the senseless ...; S.Res. 590: A resolution commemorating 100 years ...; S.Res. 597: A resolution designating September 2016 ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 18th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 44 0
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 47 0
19 bills View All
All Senators 38th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
19 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

45th least supportive among All Senators; tied with 11 others

GovTrack looked at whether Wyden supported any of 22 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Wyden 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Democrats 6th least supportive (tied w/ 7) out of 44 1
11 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th most supportive (tied w/ 8) out of 47 0
11 points View All
All Senators 45th least supportive (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
11 points View All

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.

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.