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Sen. Chris Coons

Senator for Delaware

pronounced kriss // koonz

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.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Coons.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Committee Membership

Chris Coons sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Coons was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Coons sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Commerce (18%) Science, Technology, Communications (17%) Education (9%) Energy (9%) Taxation (9%) Health (8%) Animals (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Coons’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Coons voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Coons voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Coons voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 60/38 on Jun 24, 2015.

This was the Senate's final vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally ...

Coons voted Yea

Bill Passed 62/37 on May 22, 2015.

This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for ...

Coons voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Coons voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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