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.
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, 2017 to Jan 20, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Christopher Coons sits on the following committees:
Coons was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1813: Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act
- S. 799: SCALE Act
- S. 3953 (116th): FLIGHT Act
- S. 3519 (116th): 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 …
- S. 999 (116th): Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019
- S. 2354 (116th): Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act
- S. 1427 (116th): Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act of 2019
Does 13 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:
Recently Introduced Bills
Coons recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 3531: A bill to require the Federal Government to produce a national climate adaptation …
- S. 3483: Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2022
- S. 3351: Coastal Fellowships Act
- S.Res. 475: A resolution recognizing the 73rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights …
- S. 3317: Democracy in the 21st Century Act
- S. 3275: Sudan Democracy Act
- S.Res. 458: A resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Nov 2010 to Jan 2022, Coons missed 81 of 3,553 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% 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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