Booker is the junior senator from New Jersey and is a Democrat. He has served since Oct 31, 2013. Booker is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027. He is 53 years old.
He is also Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee Vice Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Booker.
Booker 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 Booker has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 16, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Cory Booker sits on the following committees:
Booker was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4732 (117th): Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act
- S. 3053 (117th): PRECIP Act
- S. 1935 (117th): VR&E NEED Act of 2021
- S. 1689 (116th): A bill to permit States to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State …
- S. 1100 (116th): A bill to institute a program for the disclosure of taxpayer information for third-party income verification through the Internet.
- S. 387 (116th): Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019
- S. 3016 (115th): Action for Dental Health Act of 2018
Does 12 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).
Booker sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Taxation (10%) Education (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) International Affairs (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Booker recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 851: A bill to include a Federal defender as a nonvoting member of the …
- S. 850: A bill to incentivize States and localities to improve access to justice, and …
- S. 848: A bill to establish competitive Federal grants that will empower community colleges and …
- S. 689: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to define currently accepted medical …
- S. 658: EQIP Improvement Act of 2023
- S. 573: Confederate Monument Removal Act
- S. 516: Fair Wages for Incarcerated Workers Act of 2023
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
As Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee Vice Chair, Booker may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Oct 2013 to Mar 2023, Booker missed 370 of 3,258 roll call votes, which is 11.4%. This is much worse than 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. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.
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|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
- available Booker's Senate office for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills