Ron Wyden

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Ron Wyden and wife Nancy

Ronald Lee Wyden [ ˈɹɑːnəld liː ˈwaɪdɪn ] (born May 3, 1949 in Wichita , Kansas ) is an American Democratic Party politician . Wyden has represented the state of Oregon in the United States Senate since 1996 .


Wyden was born to Edith Rosenow and Peter Wyden , who later became known as the author. His Jewish parents had fled Germany. He grew up in Palo Alto , California , and attended Palo Alto High School . He then studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and then moved to Stanford University , where he graduated with a BA in 1971 . He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974 with a JD in law .

As a politician of the Democratic Party , he was able to enter the United States House of Representatives as a member of the House of Representatives in January 1981 , to which he was a member until February 1996. In 1996, Wyden became a Senator for the state of Oregon in the United States Senate by defeating Republican Gordon H. Smith . He temporarily chaired the finance committee . Since he was re-elected in 2016, he will represent his state in the US Senate for the next six years. His new term runs until January 3, 2023.

Wyden has two grown children with his first wife, Laurie. In 2005 he was married to Nancy Bass, with whom he has three other children. The family lives in Portland , Oregon.

Web links

Commons : Ron Wyden  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Ron Wyden  - Sources and full texts (English)

Individual evidence

  1. Official US Senate website
  2. ^ Liberals to fight for public insurance option
  3. ^ Oregon Live: Wyden twins head home with parents