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Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Wyden’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 21 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. 26: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; S. 225: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 236: Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax ...; S. 389: KOMBUCHA; S. 406: Stopping Mass Hacking Act; S. 408: Presidential Trade Transparency Act of ...; S. 503: Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency ...; S. 508: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act; S. 513: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; S. 777: Small Business Tax Equity Act ...; S. 823: Protecting Data at the Border ...; S. 836: Credit Union Residential Loan Parity ...; S. 844: GI Bill Fairness Act of ...; S. 1633: Recreation Not Red-Tape Act; S. 1712: SIMPLE Act; S. 1810: Free Credit Freeze Act; S. 1842: Wildfire Disaster Funding Act; S. 2075: Ending Tax Breaks for Private ...; S. 2169: Student Right to Know Before ...; S.Res. 139: A resolution condemning the Government ...; S.J.Res. 16: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).

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


 

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Wyden introduced 54 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got the 7th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Wyden’s bills and resolutions had 377 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most liberal compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

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 Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 14th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Wyden’s 54 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wyden introduced 9 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 225: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 508: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act; S. 513: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; S.Res. 105: A resolution recognizing 2017 as ...; S.Res. 123: A resolution designating May 20, ...; S.Res. 139: A resolution condemning the Government ...; S.Res. 189: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 318: A resolution honoring the Portland ...; S.J.Res. 45: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Was 24th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 18 others)

Wyden missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Wyden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

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 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Wyden cosponsored S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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.J.Res. 44: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Democrats (2nd percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Wyden introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 234 bills that Wyden cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.