Ron Wyden

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U.S. Senator

Ron Wyden




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Special Committee on Aging
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the OR-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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Ronald Lee Wyden, a Democrat, has been a Senator for Oregon since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Wyden voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal



Tobacco issues

Wyden is a strong critic of the tobacco industry. He spoke against the tobacco industry on ABC's "Day One" program about nicotine manipulation. He appeared with Rep. Henry Waxman at a press conference in April 1994 and as far back as 1983 pressed to have the ingredients of cigarettes made public.[1][2] [3].

Network neutrality legislation

Wyden sponsored the Internet Non-Discrimination Act of 2006 (S.2360) in March 2006. [4]. The bill would codify network neutrality in law. [5] It was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which is controlled by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), where it has been stalled ever since. [6] After the House committee vote on April 26, 2006, proponents of network neutrality urged the Senate committee to take up the issue. [7]

See network neutrality legislation for more.

Universal health care

In December 2006, Wyden announced that he was readying a proposal to provide health care to all Americans. His plan, called the Healthy Americans Act, was developed in association with the Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a panel created in 2003 by legislation sponsored by Wyden and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The plan calls for employers to cash out their current health care plans, pass that savings along to employees in higher wages, then requires employees to buy their choice of private plans with those savings. [8]


On March 23, 2007, Hill News reported that Sen. Wyden was working on a Vote-by-Mail bill, which may be similar to the bills recently introduced by Susan Davis in the House.[9]

Internet tax legislation

Wyden coauthored both 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act which was signed into law on October 21, 1998 by President Bill Clinton and the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, which was signed into law on December 3, 2004 by President George W. Bush. Both of these bills worked to prevent taxation on internet access.

Main article: U.S. internet tax legislation#Past legislation



Ronald Lee Wyden was born on May 3, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas. Wyden attended the University of California, Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship before receiving his B.A. with distinction from Stanford University. He received a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and taught gerontology at several Oregon universities. During this time he was the founder of the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers. Senator Wyden's apartment is in Portland, Oregon; he has two children, Adam and Lilly, by his former wife Laurie. They separated and filed for divorce in 1998. Senator Wyden married Nancy Bass, owner of Manhattan's Strand Book Store in 2005.

In the 1980 Democratic primary, Wyden upset incumbent Rep. Bob Duncan in Oregon's third Congressional District. Later that fall, Wyden easily defeated his Republican opponent. Wyden was reelected in each of the subsequent elections.

Senate Career

Wyden holds the Senate seat once held by his mentor, the late Wayne Morse--who was the last Democratic Senator from Oregon before Wyden's election. He was elected in a bitter special election in January 1996 following the resignation of Bob Packwood, the man who defeated Morse. Wyden narrowly defeated the state senate president, Gordon Smith, who was elected later that year to Oregon's other senate seat. In the Senate, Wyden serves on the following Committees: Finance; Intelligence; Energy and Natural Resources, Budget and the Special Committee on Aging. He was elected to a full term in 1998. In 2004, he was elected to another full term, receiving 64% of the vote compared to 31% for his main opponent, Republican Al King.

Positions and Views

In 2005, Wyden was one of five Senate Democrats who joined 44 Republicans in voting "yes" on Amendment no. 2516, brought to the floor by Republican senator Lindsey Graham, which ruled that enemy combatants did not have the right to Habeas Corpus.

Wyden voted against authorization of military force in Iraq. On social issues like gay rights, abortion, and gun control he is fairly liberal, but on economic and fiscal issues he often breaks ranks. Though Wyden voted against the two major tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, he has sided with Republicans on such matters as requiring a super-majority to raise taxes, cutting the capital gains tax, and eliminating the estate tax. He is a firm supporter of free trade, and is more moderate on issues affecting business than many in his party.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Akin, Gump et al$ 64,063
FoxKiser$ 43,400
M Financial Group$ 42,750
King & Spalding$ 40,860
Covanta Holding$ 40,400
Google Inc$ 37,600
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 37,500
Berkshire Hathaway$ 35,000
Alston & Bird$ 30,850
DLA Piper$ 26,300
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Ron Wyden
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Bike Caucus
  • Democratic Policy Committee
  • Oregon Women's Political Caucus
  • Senate Centrist Coalition
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ron Wyden. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 223 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-5244 Fax: 202-228-2717
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District offices
  • 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 585, Portland, OR 97204
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  • U.S. Courthouse, Room 118, 310 West 6th Street, Medford, OR 97501-2768
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  • 707 13th Street SE, Suite 285, Salem, OR 97301-4038
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  • 151 West 7th Avenue, Suite 435, Eugene, OR 97401-2676
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  • AC Annex Building, Suite 201, 105 Fir Street, La Grande, OR 97850-2661
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  • The Jamison Building, Suite 107, 131 NW Hawthorne Ave., Bend, OR 97701-2957
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