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The senior U.S. Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996.
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ENG: Ronald Lee "Ron" Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is the senior U.S. Senator for Oregon, serving since 1996, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996. Early life Ron Wyden was born Ronald Lee Wyden in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Edith (née Rosenow) and Peter H. Wyden (1923-1998), both of whom were Jewish and had fled Nazi Germany a few years earlier. Wyden grew up in Palo Alto, California, where he was a basketball star for Palo Alto High School. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship, and later transferred to Stanford University, where he received his B.A. in 1971. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974. While ...
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Wyden, Merkley Announce Grants for Community Health Centers

Continuing efforts to improve health care access for underserved communities, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $1 million from the Affordable Care Act to three community health centers in Oregon. Wyden and Merkley have long advocated for funding of community health centers. These centers deliver quality care and services, driven by the needs of the communities they serve. With the help of these health centers, patients that may not otherwise have access to primary or preventative ...

Wyden under fire from environmental groups

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is in hot water with environmentalists for co-sponsoring two bills in recent weeks that protect timber owners from increased federal regulation and delay air pollution rules for industrial boilers. The bills, including one titled the "EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011," aren't what's expected of an Oregon Democrat rated highly on environmental scorecards, say Wyden's sometime allies. The timber bill "came like a bolt out of the blue to us," said Steve Pedery, conservation director for Oregon Wild, which worked with Wyden on his compromise plan for eastern Oregon logging. ...

Sen. Ron Wyden places a hold on the PROTECT IP Act

The office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tells Ars that the just-passed-out-of-committee PROTECT IP Act (S. 968) isn't going anywhere once it hits the floor. "Senator Wyden plans to hold the bill," said his office by e-mail. "We will have a longer statement shortly." Wyden called last year's version of the Internet blacklist bill a "bunker-busting cluster bomb" when precision-guided munitions would be better suited to dealing with copyright and patent infringement on the Internet. He placed a hold on that bill, which kept it from coming to the floor. Now, he's at it again after the PROTECT IP ...

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