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 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027. He is 59 years old.
Read our 2022 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 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 3, 2019 to Mar 30, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Christopher Coons sits on the following committees:
Coons was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4662 (117th): Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2023
- S. 270 (117th): Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park Expansion and Redesignation Act
- S. 3975 (117th): Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2022
- S. 3075 (117th): Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022
- S. 1813 (117th): Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act
- S. 1359 (117th): Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act of 2021
- S. 799 (117th): SCALE Act
Does 18 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:
International Affairs (29%) Commerce (16%) Labor and Employment (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Education (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Energy (8%) Health (7%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Coons recently introduced the following legislation:
- S.Res. 136: A resolution recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni and AmeriCorps Seniors …
- S. 835: Pro Codes Act
- S. 769: U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day Act of 2023
- S. 629: UNITED Act
- S. 646: Hydrogen for Industry Act of 2023
- S. 648: Hydrogen for Trucks Act of 2023
- S. 618: United States Foundation for International Conservation Act of 2023
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Nov 2010 to Mar 2023, Coons missed 99 of 4,040 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||1||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress||2||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills