Ron Wyden

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Ron Wyden
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Senior U.S. Senator from Oregon
From: February 5, 1996 – present
Predecessor Bob Packwood
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Oregon's 3rd Congressional District
From: January 3, 1981 – February 5, 1996
Predecessor Robert Duncan
Successor Earl Blumenauer
Information
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Laurie Oseran (1979 – 1999)
Nancy Bass
Religion Jewish

Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden (born 1949) is a senior Democratic United States Senator from Oregon. He previously served as a United States Congressman representing Oregon's 3ed Congressional District from 1980 to 1995. In 1996 he was elected to the Senate and has won every election since then. Wyden is a member of eight senate committees including the Budget Committee, Select Committee on Intelligence, and numerous committees on the environment.[1] Throughout the course of the current Congress, Wyden has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues ninety-five percent of the time.[2]

Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), along with Rep. Mark Pocan (Wisc.), wrote a joint letter to Dominion Election Systems in December 2019 warning that use of the company’s voting machines resulted in “switching votes” and other “undisclosed vulnerabilities” that “threaten the integrity of our elections.”[3]

In 2018 alone "voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they'd inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots in Missouri, and busted machines [were] causing long lines in Indiana." In addition, researchers recently uncovered previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in "nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states." And, just this year, after the Democratic candidate's electronic tally showed he received an improbable 164 votes out of 55,000 cast in a Pennsylvania state judicial election in 2019, the county's Republican Chairwoman said, "[n]othing went right on Election Day. Everything went wrong. That's a problem." These problems threaten the integrity of our elections and demonstrate the importance of election systems that are strong, durable, and not vulnerable to attack.[4]

Bloomberg quoted Sen. Wyden saying,

“The maintenance of Americans’ constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations like ES&S who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, have questionable judgment when it comes to security, and have repeatedly gouged taxpayers.”[5]

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