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Sen. Bob Corker’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Corker’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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

Corker cosponsored 81 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 Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

13 of Corker’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 8: A bill to provide for ...; S. 553: End Modern Slavery Initiative Act ...; S. 615: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; S. 1933: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; S. 2079: United States Commission on International ...; S. 2152: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; S. 2201: Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act ...; S. 2942: A bill to extend certain ...; S.Res. 361: A resolution urging robust funding ...; S.Res. 375: A resolution raising awareness of ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution condemning the terrorist ...; S.Res. 505: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 506: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Corker introduced 7 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 8: A bill to provide for ...; S. 615: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; S. 1635: Department of State Authorities Act, ...; S. 1933: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; S. 2078: United States Commission on International ...; S. 2079: United States Commission on International ...; S. 2152: Electrify Africa Act of 2015

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Ranked 8th most liberal compared to Senate Republicans

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Corker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (55th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 1 other)

Corker introduced 23 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (26th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 81 bills that Corker cosponsored, 19% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 7th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 2078: United States Commission on International ...; S. 2079: United States Commission on International ...; S.Res. 505: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Corker introduced 14 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 8: A bill to provide for ...; S. 553: End Modern Slavery Initiative Act ...; S. 615: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act ...; S. 1635: Department of State Authorities Act, ...; S. 2078: United States Commission on International ...; S. 2152: Electrify Africa Act of 2015; S. 2201: Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act ...; S. 2937: Department of State Authorization Act, ...; S. 2942: A bill to extend certain ...; S.Res. 361: A resolution urging robust funding ...; S.Res. 375: A resolution raising awareness of ...; S.Res. 442: A resolution condemning the terrorist ...; S.Res. 505: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 506: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

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. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Corker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Ranked the 23rd top leader compared to All Senators

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Corker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Corker missed 2.8% of votes (14 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Corker’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); All Senators (67th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Corker tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 14 of Corker’s 23 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Corker’s bills and resolutions had 304 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Corker supported any of 22 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 Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.