Ben Voelkel

 A recent non-partisan study conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking at the University of Virginia ranked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as the fifth most effective Senate Republican. Senators were scored based on a combination of factors including the bills they sponsored, how far legislation progressed toward becoming law, and how important their policy proposals were.

“For the second straight Congress, Senator Johnson performed as one of the top five most effective lawmakers in the U.S. Senate. The Center for Effective Lawmaking took particular note of his ability to use his committee chair position to move forward a robust legislative agenda,” said Craig Volden, co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

Highlights of the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s study can be found here.

Among Sen. Johnson’s accomplishments in the 115th Congress are:

  • Passing his Right to Try Act, legislation to allow terminally ill patients, their doctors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers to administer investigational treatments where no alternative exists.
  • Passing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, a bill to rename and streamline the functions of a cybersecurity-focused agency within DHS.
  • Fighting to ensure pass-through entities, which account for about 95 percent of all U.S. businesses, were treated fairly in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Securing the inclusion of his Preventing Emerging Threats Act, which provides federal law enforcement authorization to counter the malign use of drones, in the FAA reauthorization bill.
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