Ron Wyden (D-OR-Senator)i
Ron Wyden, Senate Oregon Class III
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Ronald Lee “Ron” Wyden
Ron Wyden, 2016 Senatorial Candidate Oregon Class III
Biography of Ron Wyden from Senate.gov
[2012 Bio] Whether he’s taking on powerful interests, listening to constituents at one of his famous town hall meetings or standing up for Oregonians on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Ron Wyden is an effective leader on the issues that matter most. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel recently put it: “He’s best described as a wonk, a workhorse, a doer.”
Commitment to Open Government and Bipartisanship
Oregonians know Ron as a senator who listens. Always citing the need to “throw open the doors of government for Oregonians,” he holds an open-to-all town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties each year. Thus far he has held more than 600 meetings. Wyden’s dedication to hearing all sides of an issue and looking for common sense, non-partisan solutions has won him trust on both sides of the aisle and put him at the heart of nearly every debate. In 2011, the Almanac of American Politics described Wyden as having “displayed a genius for coming up with sensible-sounding ideas no one else had thought of and making the counter-intuitive political alliances that prove helpful in passing bills.” The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein wrote: “The country has problems. And Ron Wyden has comprehensive, bipartisan proposals for fixing them.”
Wyden believes the nation’s biggest challenges can only be solved by what he calls “principled bipartisanship,” solutions that allow all parties to stay true to their respective principles and celebrate agreements. Following that approach has helped him author more than 150 bipartisan bills and assemble unprecedented bipartisan coalitions on issues such as health care, infrastructure and tax reform.
When principles are at stake, however, Wyden has never shied from standing alone, even when it means taking on powerful interest groups or his own party. His lone stand against the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and its predecessor, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA), put a spotlight on the problematic legislation being fast tracked through Congress and served as a rallying point for the historic Internet protests that ultimately toppled the bills. He stood alone on the floor of the Senate to block right wing efforts to overturn Oregon’s Death with Dignity law; a law that Oregon voters have passed twice. He went head-to-head with the E.P.A. to reduce cancer-causing benzene in gasoline sold in Oregon, and his relentless defiance of the national security community’s abuse of secrecy forced the declassification of the CIA Inspector General’s 9/11 report, shut down the controversial Total Information Awareness program and put a spotlight on both the Bush and Obama Administration’s reliance on “secret law.”
Wyden has taken the lead on policies that are helping to grow the economy in areas like clean energy, improved infrastructure through his Build America Bonds program, micro and nano-technology, and e-commerce. He has won countless awards for his pioneering role in establishing a free and open Internet, is known for his commitment to an open government, having authored the “Stand By Your Ad” law and the resolution ending Senate Secret Holds, and he has been routinely recognized as one of the Senate’s foremost health policy thinkers.
Commitment to Oregon Values & Priorities
In Oregon, Wyden has authored laws extending permanent Wilderness protections to more than 400,000 acres including Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon’s Bull Run Watershed, Badlands, Spring Basin, Copper Salmon and Soda Mountain. Since 2000, the Wyden-authored Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, commonly known as the “county payments” law, has helped provide a stable source of revenue for historically timber-dependent communities and Wyden’s Combat Illegal Logging Act has helped protect Oregon’s hardwood industries from the import of illegally harvested timber products.
Wyden serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Aging, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources. He chairs the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness and the Senate Energy Subcommittee on Public Land and Forests.
Wyden began college at the University of California-Santa Barbara where he won a basketball scholarship and played in Division I competition for two seasons before transferring to Stanford University where he completed his Bachelors degree with distinction. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974, after which he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Grey Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Wyden’s home is in Portland; he is married to Nancy Wyden, whom he wed in September 2005. He has four children: Adam, Lilly, Ava and William.
Biography of Ron Wyden from Wyden for Senate
[2012 Bio] Whether he’s taking on powerful interests, listening to constituents at one of his regular town hall meetings, or representing Oregonians’ views on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Ron Wyden is known for his strong, effective leadership on the issues that matter most.
Ron Wyden was elected to the US Senate in 1996, after serving in the US House of Representatives for 15 years, and holds the Senate seat once held by his mentor, the late Wayne Morse. In Oregon, he’s known for his accessibility to the public. He holds town meetings in each of the state’s 36 counties, every single year – and the occasional ice cream social.
Standing Tall for America
In the Senate, Senator Wyden is known for his bipartisan approach to solving problems, his effectiveness in getting things done, and his creative approach to tough problems – particularly in the areas of health care, technology, and natural resources.
He serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Aging, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources – where he serves on subcommittees on Energy and Water & Power, and chairs the subcommittee on Forests & Public Land.
Standing Tall for Oregon
Senator Wyden is known for his tough fights on behalf of Oregonians. For example, he stood alone on the floor of the US Senate – and prevented the Senate from overturning Oregon’s Death with Dignity law, passed twice by the people.
He went head-to-head with the EPA to reduce cancer-causing benzene in gasoline sold in Oregon. And Ron Wyden has always fought to protect Oregon’s natural treasures – protecting Oregon’s Bull Run Watershed, expanding wilderness protection in the bipartisan Steens Mountain legislation, and leading the fight to stop logging in Eagle Creek.
Ron won a basketball scholarship to the University of California-Santa Barbara, and played in Division I competition for two seasons before transferring to Stanford University to complete his Bachelors degree with distinction. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974, after which he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Grey Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Wyden’s home is in Portland; he is married to Nancy Wyden, whom he wed in September 2005. He has four children: Adam, 24, Lilly, 18, and Ava Rose and William Peter, both born on October 26, 2007 in Portland.
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