Love or hate Executive Orders — (or if you only like them when it’s your guy who’s signing them) — you have to admit President Biden has already proven to be good at them.
But how does he stack up against other fairly recent Presidents in terms of numbers?
He’s not even close to top.
That spot belongs to Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) who signed 3,721 executive orders! Of course, he served more than 11 years as President. So that’s about 338 Executive Orders a year.
Still, Biden holds his own among his contemporaries, and then some.
A full list of Biden’s Executive Orders is below. It doesn’t include “Proclamations” and “Memorandum” which are similar to Executive Orders.
Meantime, here’s how recent U.S. Presidents compare with one another in terms of Executive Orders in a single term for purposes of comparison.
Executive Orders in a Single Presidential Term
504 Harry S. Truman (D)
325 Lyndon Johnson (D)
320 Jimmy Carter (D)
266 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
247 Richard Nixon (R)
220 Donald Trump (R)
214 John F. Kennedy (D)
213 Ronald Reagan (R)
200 William Clinton (D)
173 George W. Bush (R)
169 Gerald Ford (R)
166 George H.W. Bush (R)
147 Barack Obama (D)
Topics of President Biden’s Executive Orders through March 9, 2021:
- Racial equity
- Decennial census
- Revocation of Trump financial principles, such as preventing taxpayer money from being used for corporate bailouts; revocation of Trump’s poverty reduction order, and other Trump actions.
- Supply Chains
- Revocation of Trump order on expanding apprenticeships
- Establishing White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Blocking property regarding Burma
- Enhancing programs to resettle climate change refugees
- Task force on the reunification of families
- Managing migration and asylum-seekers
- Restoring faith in our legal immigration systems, inclusion efforts for new Americans
- Strengthening Medicaid and Obamacare
- Advisors on science and technology
- Climate crisis world wide
- Banning privately-operated prisons
- American workers
- Inclusivity in the military
- Protecting federal workforce
- Economic relief on Covid-19
- Establishing pandemic testing board
- Protecting worker health and safety
- Supporting reopening of schools
- Equitable pandemic response and recovery
- Sustainable public health supply chain
- Ensuring data-driven Covid response
- Expanding care and treatment for Covid
- Promoting Covid safety in travel
- Ethics in the Executive Branch
- Preventing gender identity discrimination
- Climate crisis
- Revoking Trump orders limiting federal regulation
- Revising immigration enforcement
- Covid-19 response and global leadership
- Mask-wearing required on federal property
- Advancing racial equity
- Establishing gender policy council
- Sexual violence in education