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Sen. Chris Coons’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Coons’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 55 of Coons’s 59 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Coons caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 5th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coons introduced 19 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 650: Support Small Business R & ...; S. 1107: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017; S. 1573: American Discovery Trail Act; S. 1692: National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative ...; S. 2419: Support Startup Businesses Act of ...; S. 3321: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal ...; S.Res. 18: A resolution reaffirming the United ...; S.Res. 80: A resolution designating March 3, ...; S.Res. 86: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 276: A resolution designating September 2017 ...; S.Res. 289: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 301: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 420: A resolution designating March 3, ...; S.Res. 434: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 648: A resolution designating September 2018 ...; S.Res. 672: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 697: A resolution designating November 2018 ...; S.Res. 721: A resolution designating the week ...; S.Res. 731: A resolution designating December 10, ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Coons cosponsored 517 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Coons held a leadership position on 1 committee 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Ranked 10th most conservative compared to Senate Democrats

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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 9th least often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 6 others)

4 of Coons’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 2393: CLASSICS Act; S. 3321: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal ...; S.Res. 350: A resolution recognizing the 69th ...; S.Res. 434: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (17th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 14th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 517 bills that Coons cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (79th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).

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


 

Was 19th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Coons missed 3.8% of votes (23 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Coons’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 18th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 18 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. 9: Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of ...; S. 347: Investing in America’s Small Manufacturers ...; S. 399: Chief Manufacturing Officer Act; S. 632: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017; S. 650: Support Small Business R & ...; S. 1293: Invent and Manufacture in America ...; S. 1413: Teachers Are Leaders Act; S. 1530: Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection ...; S. 2005: Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act; S. 2186: Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage ...; S. 2257: IMPACT for Energy Act; S. 2393: CLASSICS Act; S. 2430: Families of Fallen Servicemembers First ...; S. 2666: Enhance Cybersecurity for Small Manufacturers ...; S. 3061: Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act ...; S.Res. 86: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 266: A resolution reaffirming the United ...; S.Res. 434: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 22nd top leader compared to All Senators

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got the 24th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Coons’s bills and resolutions had 401 cosponsors in the 115th 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Coons introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1107: Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Coons introduced 59 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Coons supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Coons 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Coons cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (15th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.