John Barrasso

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John Barrasso
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U.S. Senate, Wyoming
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorCraig L. Thomas (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 2018
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.
Net worth$6,137,509
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 serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

  • Energy and Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
  • Environment and Public Works Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Foreign Relations Committee
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps Ranking Member
    • The Subcommittee on European Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Indian Affairs Committee Ranking Member


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

Barrasso was 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. [6]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Barrasso voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[8][9][10]

Barrasso was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[11][12]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[13][14]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[15]



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][16][17]

U.S. Senate, Wyoming General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tim Chesnut 21.7% 53,019
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barrasso Incumbent 75.8% 185,250
     Country Joel Otto 2.5% 6,176
Total Votes 244,445
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barrasso is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Barrasso raised a total of $9,707,650 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[19]

John Barrasso's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Wyoming) Won $7,121,673
2008 U.S. Senate (Wyoming) Won $2,585,977
Grand Total Raised $9,707,650


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Barrasso's reports.[20]

John Barrasso Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 11, 2012$2,393,366.75$409,010.33$(267,186.92)$2,535,190.16
July Quarterly[22]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.[23]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Barrasso missed 10 of 1,707 roll call votes from June 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to .6%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[24]

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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barrasso's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,000,019 and $9,275,000. That averages to $6,137,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 7.11% from 2010.[26]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[27]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barrasso ranked 18th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[28]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barrasso ranked 5th in the conservative rankings.[29]

Political positions

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.[30]

Recent news

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

External links


  1. Biographical Directory to the United States Congress "John Barrasso," Accessed October 19, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "Wyoming Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. Gov Track "John Barrasso," Accessed March 3, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 John Barrasso's Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 19, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6., "Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso Endorse Mitt Romney," April 14, 2012
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  12. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  13. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  14. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  16. Wyoming Elections Division "2012 Primary Candidate Roster," Accessed June 10, 2012
  17. Associated Press primary results
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Elections of November 4, 2008," accessed October 19, 2011
  19. Open Secrets "Donor history for John Barrasso" Accessed April 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Candidate (S6WY00068) Summary Reports - 2011-2012 Cycle," Accessed July 13, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "Friends of John Barrasso April Quarterly," Accessed July 13, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "Friends of John Barrasso July Quarterly," Accessed July 20, 2012
  23. Open Secrets "John A. Barrasso 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  24. GovTrack, "Barrasso," Accessed April 11, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "John Barrasso"
  26., "Barrasso, (R-Wyoming), 2011"
  27., "Barrasso, (R-WY), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Craig L. Thomas
U.S. Senate - Wyoming
Succeeded by