The Honorable Ron Wyden
State of Washington
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden began his work in public service founding the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996. Wyden has taken the lead on policies that are helping to grow the economy in areas like improved infrastructure through his Build America Bonds program and boosting access to capital for small business owners. Earlier this year, Wyden introduced legislation to overhaul the federal tax code to support an innovative, low carbon economy. As Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance and a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Wyden follows what he calls “principled bipartisanship” to author more than 150 bipartisan bills on issues including infrastructure, recreation and renewable energy.