Jan 27, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Who in Congress is talking about Ukraine the most

Data: Quorum; Chart: Will Chase/Axios
Data: Quorum; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Mentions of Ukraine or Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in congressional statements and social media posts have been on the rise — with nearly 1,000 already this month, according to data from Quorum.

Why it matters: The growing threat of a Russian invasion has been mirrored by a growth in Ukraine-related chatter.

By the numbers: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has talked about Ukraine in his floor statement, press releases, posts and constituent newsletters more than anyone else.

  • He's done so at least 151 times since last January.
  • On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter urging Germany to do more:

Eight of the top 10 members to talk about Ukraine are fellow Republicans.

  • They include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) both made the top four.

  • Everyone in that group is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • Portman, Murphy and Shaheen all traveled to Kyiv to meet with Zelensky earlier this month.
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