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Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Wyden’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 5th 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. 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. 26: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; S. 225: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 236: Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax ...; S. 389: KOMBUCHA; S. 395: GPS Act; 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. 959: Protection of Social Security Benefits ...; 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. 3049: Protecting American Votes and Elections ...; S. 3154: Restoring Oversight for Members of ...; S. 3702: Right Rebate Act of 2018; S.Res. 139: A resolution condemning the Government ...; S.J.Res. 16: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

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 their bills out of committee the 10th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Wyden introduced 15 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 1548: Oregon Wildlands Act; 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.Res. 468: A resolution designating May 19, ...; S.Res. 532: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 592: A resolution designating October 9, ...; S.Res. 593: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 637: A resolution designating September 2018 ...; S.J.Res. 45: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Wyden introduced 77 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Wyden’s bills and resolutions had 500 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Ranked 16th 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 115th Congress 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 (30th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Ranked the 17th 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 18th most bills compared to All Senators

Wyden cosponsored 421 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 (80th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Wyden missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Wyden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd fewest laws compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Wyden introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 225: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land ...; S. 508: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (22nd 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

5 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 823: Protecting Data at the Border ...; S.Res. 139: A resolution condemning the Government ...; S.Res. 569: A resolution recognizing the importance ...; S.Res. 637: A resolution designating September 2018 ...; S.J.Res. 44: A joint resolution condemning the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 26 of Wyden’s 77 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Wyden caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 421 bills that Wyden cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (34th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Wyden supported any of 14 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. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (54th 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 115th Congress) 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.