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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Barrasso is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412251 ''Gov Track'' "John Barrasso," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Barrasso is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412251 ''Gov Track'' "John Barrasso," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
Barasso is seeking re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/decembersenateupdate/ ''Center for Politics'' "In the Race for the Senate, Democrats Show Signs of Life," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref>

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John Barrasso
John Barrasso.jpg
U.S. Senate, Wyoming
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wyoming State Senate
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
M.D.Georgetown University School of Medicine
Date of birthJuly 21, 1952
Place of birthReading, Penn.
Office website
John Barrasso (b. July 21, 1952) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wyoming. Barrasso was appointed to the Senate in 2007 to fill the late Craig L. Thomas's seat. He won the special election for the seat in 2008.[1] Barrasso won re-election in 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barrasso is a "far-right Republican".[3]


Barrasso earned his bachelor's and M.D. from Georgetown University. He spent 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon before pursuing politics.[4]


  • 2007-present: U.S. Senator from Wyoming
  • 2002-2007: Wyoming state senator

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Barrasso is a member of the following Senate committees[4]:

Barrasso is also vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and chairman of the Senate Western Caucus.[4]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Barrasso endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: United States Senate elections in Wyoming, 2012

Barasso ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Emmett Mavy and Thomas Bleming in the August 21 Republican primary. He defeated Tim Chesnut (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][6][7]


Barrasso won the 2008 special election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Nick Carter (D).[8]

U.S. Senate Special Election, Wyoming, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrasso Incumbent 73.4% 183,063
     Democrat Nick Carter 26.6% 66,202
Total Votes 249,265

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Barrasso's reports.[9]

John Barrasso Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 11, 2012$2,393,366.75$409,010.33$(267,186.92)$2,535,190.16
July Quarterly[11]July 12, 2012$2,535,190.16$556,896.78$(204,737.73)$2,887,349.21
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Barrasso's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Barrasso won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Barrasso's campaign committee raised a total of $2,585,977 and spent $1,981,441.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Barrasso paid his congressional staff a total of $2,158,029 in 2011. He ranks 15th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 19th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Wyoming ranks 49th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barrasso's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,713,015 and $8,747,000. That averages to $5,730,007.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[14]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Barrasso voted with the Republican Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 2 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[15]

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Barrasso lives with his wife, Bobbi, in Casper, WY. He has three children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Craig L. Thomas
U.S. Senate - Wyoming
Succeeded by