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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
Read our 2019 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 Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Chris Coons sits on the following committees:
Coons was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S. 3519: A bill to authorize the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to subsidize payments on loans guaranteed under the 7(a) and 504 loan programs or made using funds ...
- S. 590: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act
- 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 6 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. 4186: A bill to provide grants to States that do not suspend, revoke, or ...
- S. 3964: A bill to amend the national service laws to prioritize national service programs ...
- S.Res. 624: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the activities of Russian ...
- S. 3953: A bill to require pilot programs in connection with Senior Reserve Officers’ Training ...
- S. 3759: Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act
- S. 3624: Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act
- S. 3593: FORWARD Act
From Nov 2010 to Jul 2020, Coons missed 72 of 2,853 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% 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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