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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.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Democrats

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (95th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wyden introduced 7 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for 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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (84th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th most bills compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to 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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Ranked 24th most liberal compared to 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.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

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 ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (34th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wyden supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

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

Compare to all Senate Democrats (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); All Senators (44th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

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

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (37th 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 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.