Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator from Oregon

Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator from Oregon

Ronald Lee Wyden was born in May 1949 in Wichita, Kansas. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a basketball scholarship, and later transferred to Stanford University where he received his undergraduate degree.  He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law.

While teaching gerontology at several Oregon universities, Wyden founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers. He was also director of the Oregon Legal Services Center for the Elderly and served on the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served 15 years until being elected in a special election to the United States Senate. He assumed office in February 1996.

He is divorced from Laurie with whom he has two adult children and is now married to Nancy and they have three children. He is Jewish.

In the News…

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has delayed President Biden’s nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in an effort to learn more details about government surveillance of protesters in Portland last summer.

Chris Magnus, the Tucson, Arizona, police chief, has been appointed to head CBP. While Senator Wyden congratulated Magnus on his nomination, his role as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which conducts oversight of CBP, gives him a platform to seek answers amid reports the Department of Homeland Security surveilled both protesters and journalists covering the demonstrations in Portland.

“Six months into the new administration, the Department[s] of Homeland Security and Justice have failed to answer basic questions about how the Trump administration misused federal resources to stoke violence against peaceful protesters in my hometown,” Senator Wyden stated.

He continued, “While it is clear that Customs and Border Protection faces pressing issues, as the senior senator from Oregon, I am unable to advance this nominee until DHS and DOJ give Oregonians some straight answers about what they were up to in Portland last year, and who was responsible.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Wyden today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Ron Wyden
Senator from Oregon
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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