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Sen. Ron Wyden’s 2019 Report Card

Senior Senator from Oregon
Democrat
Serving Feb 5, 1996 – Jan 3, 2023


These year-end statistics cover Wyden’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Wyden introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 81: Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection ...; S. 82: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; S. 86: Oregon Wildlands Act; S. 205: Right Rebate Act of 2019

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (90th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 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. 82: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; S. 136: ELEVATE Act of 2019; S. 362: Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax ...; S. 420: Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act; S. 422: Small Business Tax Equity Act ...; S. 515: Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers ...; S. 681: Student Right to Know Before ...; S. 926: KOMBUCHA; S. 936: Ending Mass Collection of Americans’ ...; S. 1108: Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019; S. 1192: Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Proficiency ...; S. 1472: Protecting American Votes and Elections ...; S. 1649: Protection of Social Security Benefits ...; S. 1956: Save Affordable Housing Act of ...; S. 1967: Recreation Not Red Tape Act; S. 1984: A bill to amend the ...; S. 2019: Restoring Oversight for Members of ...; S. 2030: State Cannabis Commerce Act; S. 2385: Broadband Internet for Small Ports ...; S. 2635: Saudi Fugitive Declassification Act of ...; S. 2738: Providing Real Opportunities for Growth ...; S. 2989: Know Your Social Security Act; S.Con.Res. 28: A concurrent resolution congratulating the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

2 of Wyden’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 20: Presidential Tax Transparency Act; S. 205: Right Rebate Act of 2019

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (21st 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 11 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 81: Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection ...; S. 82: Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild ...; S. 86: Oregon Wildlands Act; S. 205: Right Rebate Act of 2019; S. 1262: Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act; S. 1821: Marine Energy Research and Development ...; S. 2635: Saudi Fugitive Declassification Act of ...; S.Res. 133: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 193: A resolution designating May 18, ...; S.Res. 238: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 323: A resolution designating September 2019 ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th most bills compared to All Senators

Wyden introduced 68 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked 15th 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (29th percentile); All Senators (14th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th most bills compared to All Senators

Wyden cosponsored 404 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 (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (84th 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Wyden’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 19th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Wyden’s bills and resolutions had 404 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (67th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 20 of Wyden’s 68 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Wyden caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); Senate Democrats (69th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

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 Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 404 bills that Wyden cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (37th percentile); Senate Democrats (38th 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.


 

Missed Votes

Wyden missed 2.3% of votes (10 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Wyden’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (64th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.