Coons is the junior senator from Delaware and is a Democrat. He has served since Nov 15, 2010. Coons is next up for reelection in 2020.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Coons.
Coons is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Coons has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Chris Coons sits on the following committees:
- Vice Chair, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Coons was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1107: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017
- S. 1799 (113th): Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2013
- S. 1821 (112th): Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2011
- S. 1808 (112th): A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition ...
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Coons sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Coons’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1841: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the ...
- S. 1855: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve college ...
- S. 1727: Partnership Fund for Peace Act of 2019
- S.Res. 222: A resolution recognizing Vision To Learn as a national leader in improving access ...
- S. 1427: Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act of 2019
- S. 1123: National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act
- S. 1053: Saving for the Future Act
From Nov 2010 to Jun 2019, Coons missed 56 of 2,471 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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