President Joe Biden (D) issued 29 executive orders in 2022

President Joe Biden (D) issued 29 executive orders in 2022, the fewest by a president in their second year in office since Bill Clinton (D) issued one executive order in 1994. President Donald Trump (R) issued 37 executive orders in his second year in office in 2018, the most since Clinton.

Biden has issued 106 executive orders in his presidency, an average of 53 per year. Since 1981, when Ronald Reagan(D) was sworn into office, this is the second-highest average per year. Trump’s average is highest within this timeframe, at 55 executive orders, and Barack Obama’s (D) is lowest, at 35.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) issued the most executive orders per year in American history, at 307 on average. William Henry Harrison (Whig) issued no executive orders during his one month in office. Three presidents issued only one executive order during their presidencies: James Madison (Democratic-Republican), James Monroe (Democratic-Republican), and John Adams (Federalist).




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