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Sen. Bob Corker’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Tennessee
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2007 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Corker’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Corker’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Corker cosponsored 95 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom follower compared to Serving 10+ Years

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Corker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Corker’s bills and resolutions had 63 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).


 

Introduced the 5th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Corker introduced 10 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 4 others)

1 of Corker’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 1217: Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Corker introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1217: Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (13th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 19th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 95 bills that Corker cosponsored, 43% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Corker introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Corker held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Corker’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (56th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 of Corker’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 563: Jumpstart GSE Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); All Senators (3rd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Missed Votes

Corker missed 2.4% of votes (16 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Corker’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (51st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Corker supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Corker 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.