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…

A new proposal by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Ron Wyden of Oregon, seeks to eliminate tax benefits for sanctioned Russians doing business in the U.S. as well as to fix U.S. tax credits and deductions for taxes paid to Russia. 

“Russian oligarchs and companies supporting Putin shouldn’t be getting tax breaks in the United States,” Senator Wyden stated. “We should take away every special tax benefit for all sanctioned individuals, as well as give [Treasury Secretary Janet] Yellen the authority to identify other individuals, companies, or governments supporting the invasion that should lose their tax goodies.” 

“Providing the Treasury Secretary with authority to identify other individuals and entities creates a backstop that ensures those not subject to OFAC [Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control]  sanctions face financial penalties if appropriate,” Senator Wyden said. 

In 2018, U.S. companies paid $130 million in Russian taxes on $890 million in taxable income, according to IRS foreign tax credit records. 

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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