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Sen. Cory Booker’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from New Jersey
Democrat
Serving Oct 31, 2013 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Booker’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Booker’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.

 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Booker introduced 2 bills that became law in 2015. 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. 994: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1090: Emergency Information Improvement Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (88th percentile); Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Booker’s bills and resolutions had 160 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Sophomores (75th percentile); Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th highest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 38% of Booker’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (75th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 25th most liberal compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (52nd percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Booker introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (45th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Booker introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 994: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1090: Emergency Information Improvement Act of ...; S. 2021: Fair Chance Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Booker’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 2021: Fair Chance Act; S. 2418: Countering Online Recruitment of Violent ...; S.Res. 184: Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (50th percentile); All Senators (48th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 7 of Booker’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. 388: Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research ...; S. 683: CARERS Act of 2015; S. 994: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1872: Simplifying Financial Aid for Students ...; S. 2021: Fair Chance Act; S.Res. 84: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 88: A resolution celebrating Black History ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Booker held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Booker’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Booker cosponsored 177 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 Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 177 bills that Booker cosponsored, 30% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (53rd percentile); Senate Democrats (36th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Booker missed 0.9% of votes (3 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Booker’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Booker supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Booker 3 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Booker cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...; S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 558: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (64th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.