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Senator Ron Wyden Committee Assignments

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Wyden.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wyden is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Wyden has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Ron Wyden sits on the following committees:

  • Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
    • Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Enacted Legislation

Wyden was the primary sponsor of 51 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Wyden sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (26%)Taxation (18%)Health (16%)Energy (12%)Crime and Law Enforcement (11%)Armed Forces and National Security (8%)Government Operations and Politics (5%)Social Welfare (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Wyden’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Wyden’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Nay H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Dec 21, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 81/14.
Nay H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Feb 1996 to Mar 2018, Wyden missed 91 of 6,908 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1996 Jan-Mar5200.0%0th
1996 Apr-Jun12200.0%0th
1996 Jul-Sep12100.0%0th
1996 Oct-Oct300.0%0th
1997 Jan-Mar3500.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun12500.0%0th
1997 Jul-Sep10311.0%59th
1997 Oct-Nov3538.6%88th
1998 Jan-Mar5235.8%82nd
1998 Apr-Jun13164.6%82nd
1998 Jul-Sep10943.7%82nd
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
1999 Apr-Jun11100.0%0th
1999 Jul-Sep11200.0%0th
1999 Oct-Nov7011.4%63rd
2000 Feb-Mar5100.0%0th
2000 Apr-Jun12000.0%0th
2000 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2000 Oct-Dec3812.6%32nd
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15700.0%0th
2001 Jul-Sep6800.0%0th
2001 Oct-Dec9211.1%48th
2002 Jan-Mar5900.0%0th
2002 Apr-Jun10700.0%0th
2002 Jul-Sep6100.0%0th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar11232.7%78th
2003 Apr-Jun15000.0%0th
2003 Jul-Sep10810.9%41st
2003 Oct-Nov8911.1%56th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8800.0%0th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
2005 Apr-Jun8900.0%0th
2005 Jul-Sep7600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec12021.7%52nd
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10721.9%48th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12610.8%35th
2007 Apr-Jun11200.0%0th
2007 Jul-Sep11910.8%24th
2007 Oct-Dec8578.2%90th
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7722.6%57th
2008 Jul-Sep4712.1%40th
2008 Oct-Dec6116.7%90th
2009 Jan-Mar11810.8%59th
2009 Apr-Jun9655.2%86th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10800.0%0th
2010 Apr-Jun9633.1%82nd
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec511733.3%98th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5800.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep4912.0%48th
2011 Oct-Dec8233.7%70th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec501224.0%97th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7600.0%0th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12300.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13510.7%52nd
2015 Apr-Jun8511.2%46th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6711.5%47th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7922.5%71st
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1218.3%90th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11710.9%52nd
2018 Jan-Mar5000.0%0th

Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:

Ron Wyden is pronounced:

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There are 15 full-time members of the Senate Intelligence Committee — eight Republicans and seven Democrats — and the panel is considered to be one of the last bastions of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

The committee is led by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.).

Burr is the son of a minister and played football at Wake Forest University. He spent 17 years selling lawn equipment before winning a House seat in 1994. Beyond his current perch, he’s known as a quirkier member, known for wearing loafers with no socks and owning a Volkswagen Thing that he parks prominently near the U.S. Capitol.

Warner is a Connecticut native who attended George Washington University and worked on Capitol Hill before becoming a multimillionaire technology executive and then launching his political career.

Burr became committee chairman in 2015 when Republicans seized control of the Senate. Warner became top Democrat on the panel this year when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) dropped one slot in the pecking order so she could take the top Democratic seat on the Judiciary Committee. Democrats see the new assignment  as a way to keep Warner — a former governor who has admitted to presidential aspirations — happy, and to help him fully embrace his senatorial role.

REPUBLICANS:

James E. Risch (Idaho): Risch is one of Trump’s biggest supporters on Capitol Hill and is among the Republicans especially concerned about ongoing leaks to the news media. In recent interviews, he’s called on the Justice Department to root out the “weasel” leaking the information. He’s served on the panel since 2009 — making him one of the longer-serving members.

Marco Rubio (Fla.): The former presidential candidate is among the Republicans willing to criticize Trump publicly. He’s been on the Intelligence Committee since 2011.

Susan Collins (Maine): On the committee since 2013, Collins is also among the president’s most vocal critics in regards to the Russia affair.

Roy Blunt (Mo.): A member of Senate GOP leadership, he’s among a handful of senators in both parties who pressured Burr to intensify the committee’s investigation of Russian meddling this year. During one particularly intense exchange on the Senate floor in February, Blunt and other senators told Burr that if the intelligence panel didn’t step up, other committees would fill the void. Blunt served on the committee during his first two years in the Senate (2011-2012) and rejoined the panel in 2015 after serving in the interim on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

James Lankford (Okla.): The Oklahoma senator joined the committee in 2015. He’s a staunch defender of the committee’s Russia probe, even in the face of criticism that it is complicating Trump’s presidency. He said he’s focused on how Russia’s meddling may have hampered the nation’s public institutions.

Tom Cotton (Ark.): A staunch supporter of Trump’s foreign policy, he joined the committee in 2015.

John Cornyn (Tex.): The second-ranking Republican senator, he’s also a Trump ally and far less willing to be critical of the president — other than to voice concern with how the investigations and Trump’s response distract from Republican legislative priorities.

DEMOCRATS:

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.): The former committee chairwoman is the only member who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Justice Department. She has called on Sessions to come before that committee as well.

Ron Wyden (Ore.): He’s one of the longest-serving committee members, on the panel since 2001. He’s also known as a fierce critic of the intelligence community.

Martin Heinrich (N.M.): An engineer by training, the New Mexico senator keeps a low profile but has been on the committee since he joined the Senate in 2012. Unlike some colleagues more interested in grandstanding, Heinrich usually uses his question time to extract actual information. He also regularly challenges witnesses for not being more forthcoming with information.

Angus King (Maine): The committee’s only independent senator has been totally uncompromising in promoting the committee’s probe.

Joe Manchin III (W.Va.): The moderate Democrat joined the committee this year.

Kamala D. Harris (Calif.): The former California attorney general is the only first-term senator on the committee and is often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

Regarding the committee’s Russia investigation, “I do become a bit impatient with the case, I do believe we need to pick it up,” she told the San Diego Union-Tribune this month.

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