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 Sep 12, 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 ...
Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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. 2368: Nuclear Energy Renewal Act of 2019
- S. 2351: Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019
- S. 2354: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act
- S. 2284: Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019
- S.Res. 283: A resolution expressing support for the designation of 2019 as the “International Year ...
- S. 2127: Research Advancing to Market Production for Innovators Act
- S. 2131: Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America Act
From Nov 2010 to Sep 2019, Coons missed 69 of 2,576 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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