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Sen. Chris Coons’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Delaware
Democrat
Serving Nov 15, 2010 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Coons’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

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 Coons’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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

3rd highest % of bills among All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 61% of Coons’s 41 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Democrats 2nd highest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 3rd highest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Out of Committee

7th most bills among All Senators; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coons introduced 13 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 393: White Clay Creek Wild and ...; S. 1799: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...; S.Res. 90: A resolution congratulating the people ...; S.Res. 144: A resolution concerning the ongoing ...; S.Res. 166: A resolution commemorating the 50th ...; S.Res. 268: A resolution condemning the September ...; S.Res. 314: A resolution commemorating and supporting ...; S.Res. 375: A resolution concerning the crisis ...; S.Res. 413: A resolution recognizing 20 years ...; S.Res. 426: A resolution supporting the goals ...; S.Res. 522: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 541: A resolution recognizing the severe ...; S.Res. 597: A resolution commemorating and supporting ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 6th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 7th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

12th most bills among All Senators

Coons cosponsored 322 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 10th most bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
All Senators 12th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

22nd fewest cosponsors among Senate Democrats

Coons’s bills and resolutions had 212 cosponsors in the 113th 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Democrats 22nd fewest cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 50th most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Government Transparency

17th most supportive among All Senators; tied with 12 others

GovTrack looked at whether Coons supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Coons 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 994: DATA Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Democrats 15th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 53 0
8 points View All
All Senators 17th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Leadership Score

23rd worst score among Senate Democrats

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 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Democrats 23rd worst score out of 53
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All Senators 44th best score out of 100
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Working with the House

23rd fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 2 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Coons’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. 393: White Clay Creek Wild and ...; S. 795: Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act; S. 918: American Dream Accounts Act of ...; S. 1790: Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage ...; S. 1799: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...; S. 2719: Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014; S. 2897: Manufacturing Skills Act of 2014; S.Res. 268: A resolution condemning the September ...; S.Res. 562: A resolution expressing the sense ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 23rd fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
All Senators 44th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Powerful Cosponsors

22nd most bills among All Senators; tied with 11 others

6 of Coons’s bills and resolutions in the 113th 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. 1385: Federal Judgeship Act of 2013; S. 1799: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...; S. 2879: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development ...; S.Res. 413: A resolution recognizing 20 years ...; S.Res. 522: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 541: A resolution recognizing the severe ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 16th most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 22nd most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

31st least bipartisan among All Senators

Of the 322 bills that Coons cosponsored, 20% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Democrats 23rd most bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 31st least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

33rd most liberal among All Senators

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 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Democrats 22nd most conservative out of 53
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All Senators 33rd most liberal out of 100
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Bills Introduced

38th most bills among All Senators

Coons introduced 41 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 25th fewest bills out of 53 9
107 bills View All
All Senators 38th most bills out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

44th most voting among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Coons missed 2.0% of votes (13 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Coons’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
All Senators 44th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Laws Enacted

33rd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 31 others

Coons introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th 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. 1799: Victims of Child Abuse Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Democrats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Committee Positions

Coons held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 Coons’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Democrats 14th lowest score (tied w/ 16) out of 53 0
16 points View All
All Senators 20th lowest score (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
16 points View All

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.

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 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.