|U.S. Senate, Oregon|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||17|
|Predecessor||Robert Packwood (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||January 30, 1996|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Representative, United States House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Political Science, Stanford University, 1971|
|J.D.||University of Oregon, 1974|
|Birthday||May 3, 1949|
|Place of birth||Wichita, KS|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Wyden's political career began with his election to the U.S. House in 1981. He served in that position until his election to the Senate in 1996.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wyden is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Wyden's academic, professional and political career:
- 1971: Graduated from Stanford University
- 1974: Graduated from University of Oregon Law School in Eugene
- 1977-1979: Worked as director, Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly
- 1977-1979: Served as a public member, Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
- 1981-1996: U.S. House of Representatives
- 1997-Present: U.S Senator from Oregon
Wyden serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate committee on Budget
- United States Senate committee on Finance
- The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness Chair
- The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- United States Senate committee on Intelligence (Select)
- United States Senate committee on Aging
- United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Subcommittee on Health Care
Wyden 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.
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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
Wyden was the sole Democratic senator to join Paul in his filibuster. Democrat Dick Durbin also spoke, but only to ask questions and wasn't officially a part of the filibuster. Wyden said the following during the filibuster, "I want it understood that I have great respect for this effort to really ask these kinds of questions. And Senator Paul has certainly been digging into these issues in great detail." He went on to say, "The executive branch should not be allowed to conduct such a serious and far-reaching program by themselves without any scrutiny because that’s not how American democracy works. That’s not what our system is about."
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."
On November 2, 2010, Ron Wyden won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Huffman (R), Bruce Cronk (Working Families), Marc Delphine (Libertarian) and Rick Staggenborg (Progressive) in the general election.
To view the full congressional electoral history for Ron Wyden, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Ron Wyden is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Ron Wyden raised a total of $11,989,158 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 19, 2013.
|Ron Wyden's Campaign Contribution History|
|2004||U.S. Senate (Oregon)||$5,059,069|
|Grand Total Raised||$11,989,158|
Wyden won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Wyden's campaign committee raised a total of $6,930,089 and spent $8,520,594.
|U.S. Senate, Oregon General Election, 2010 - Ron Wyden Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,375,849|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,204,734|
|Top contributors to Ron Wyden's campaign committee|
|M Financial Group||$28,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$448,239|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Wyden missed 84 of 5,470 roll call votes from Feb 1996 to Apr 2013, which is 1.5% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Wyden paid his congressional staff a total of $2,668,805 in 2011. He ranked 25th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 63rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranked 21st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Wyden's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $14,965,048 and $61,776,002. That averages to $38,370,525, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 460% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Wyden's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $5,734,033 and $7,960,004. That averages to $6,847,018.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
In the 2012 list of the 50 richest members of the 112th Congress, Wyden was ranked in the top 25. The list is published annually by Roll Call: The Official Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955, and is based on a methodology that uses financial disclosure forms to approximate the minimum net worth of Senate and House legislators.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Wyden was ranked the 17th most liberal senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Ron Wyden was ranked the 17th most liberal senator during 2011.
Voting with party
Wyden voted with the Democratic Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 38th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.
Wyden currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife, Nancy Bass-Wyden, have three children together. He also has two children from his first marriage.
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- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ron Wyden," Accessed October 24, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Ron Wyden Vote Smart profile
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- 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
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- The Huffington Post, "Democrats Absent During Rand Paul Filibuster Of John Brennan Nomination," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- Oregonvotes.org, "January 30, 1996, Special Election Abstracts of Votes," accessed May 15, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Wyden" April 2013
- Open Secrets "Ron Wyden 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 24 2011
- Gov Track "Ron Wyden," Accessed June 7, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ron Wyden" Accessed April 2013
- LegiStorm "Ron Wyden"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ron Wyden (D-Ore), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Wyden, (D-Oregon), 2010"
- Roll Call-The Newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955, "The 50 Richest Members of the 112th Congress (2012)," Accessed September 14, 2012
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Love, etc.: A baby for Sen. Ron Wyden and Nancy Bass Wyden, Washington Post, December 3, 2012
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