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Sen. Christopher Coons’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Delaware
Democrat
Serving Nov 15, 2010 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Coons’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Coons introduced 24 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 590: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal …; S. 727: Global Fragility Act of 2019; S. 983: Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy …; S. 999: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development …; S. 1427: Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing …; S. 2354: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid …; S. 2368: Nuclear Energy Renewal Act of …; S. 3519: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3953: FLIGHT Act; S.Res. 77: A resolution designating the week …; S.Res. 91: A resolution designating March 3, …; S.Res. 127: A resolution recognizing the contributions …; S.Res. 222: A resolution recognizing Vision To …; S.Res. 283: A resolution expressing support for …; S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the 25th …; S.Res. 362: A resolution designating the week …; S.Res. 365: A resolution designating October 16, …; S.Res. 371: A resolution reaffirming the support …; S.Res. 432: A resolution designating November 2019 …; S.Res. 450: A resolution recognizing the 71st …; S.Res. 540: A resolution recognizing the contributions …; S.Res. 791: A resolution designating November 2020 …; S.Con.Res. 25: A concurrent resolution recognizing September …; S.Con.Res. 37: A concurrent resolution honoring the …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

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 (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

Coons introduced 6 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 590: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal …; S. 727: Global Fragility Act of 2019; S. 1427: Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing …; S. 2354: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid …; S. 3519: A bill to authorize the …; S. 3953: FLIGHT Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); All Senators (76th 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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 66 of Coons’s 75 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Coons caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 8th most politically right 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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 35 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. 118: Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of …; S. 590: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal …; S. 951: Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act …; S. 987: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review …; S. 999: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development …; S. 1123: National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants …; S. 1727: Partnership Fund for Peace Act …; S. 1841: Financing Our Energy Future Act; S. 2005: IMPACT for Energy Act; S. 2082: STRONGER Patents Act of 2019; S. 2127: Research Advancing to Market Production …; S. 2131: Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing …; S. 2284: Climate Action Rebate Act of …; S. 2354: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid …; S. 2872: Building on Reemployment Improvements to …; S. 3091: Justice for ALS Veterans Act …; S. 3276: ASSET Act; S. 3454: Educational Award Parity Act; S. 3520: MEP Crisis Response Act of …; S. 3593: FORWARD Act; S. 3624: Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through …; S. 4359: Resilient Manufacturing Task Force Act …; S. 4622: Brown v. Board of Education …; S. 4624: Innovation Centers Acceleration Act; S. 4676: Small Business Debt Relief Extension …; S. 4728: Holding Russia Accountable for Malign …; S. 4867: Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies …; S. 4964: Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act; S.Res. 127: A resolution recognizing the contributions …; S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the 25th …; S.Res. 540: A resolution recognizing the contributions …; S.Res. 545: A resolution commemorating March 17, …; S.Con.Res. 25: A concurrent resolution recognizing September …; S.Con.Res. 37: A concurrent resolution honoring the …; S.Con.Res. 44: A concurrent resolution recognizing September …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 9th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Coons’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 648 bills that Coons cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 14th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Coons’s bills and resolutions had 703 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 16th most bills compared to All Senators

Coons cosponsored 648 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 (65th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Coons introduced 75 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

7 of Coons’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 590: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal …; S. 983: Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy …; S. 1123: National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants …; S. 2127: Research Advancing to Market Production …; S. 3519: A bill to authorize the …; S.Res. 80: A resolution establishing the John …; S.Con.Res. 44: A concurrent resolution recognizing September …

Compare to all Senate Democrats (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (46th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Coons missed 3.6% of votes (26 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Coons’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.