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Sen. Cory Booker’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Booker’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Booker cosponsored 517 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 (83rd percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 21 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. 329: MERCY Act; S. 330: Gideon Act; S. 1258: PRIDE Act; S. 1263: Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act; S. 1374: CARERS Act of 2017; S. 1458: Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of ...; S. 1547: Anti-Voter Suppression Act; S. 1764: CARERS Act of 2017; S. 1772: Confederate Monument Removal Act; S. 1883: A bill to require the ...; S. 1958: IRS Data Verification Modernization Act ...; S. 1996: Environmental Justice Act of 2017; S. 2480: End Employer Collusion Act; S. 2516: Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in ...; S. 2699: Help Students Vote Act; S. 2746: Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act ...; S. 3038: SAVE Right Whales Act; S. 3167: 9/11 Memorial Act; S. 3342: Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity ...; S. 3537: An Act Targeting Resources to ...; S.Res. 559: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).

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


 

Was 12th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Booker missed 4.7% of votes (28 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Booker’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to All Senators

Booker introduced 75 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (81st percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Ranked 17th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 14th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Booker supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Booker 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Booker cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got the 18th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Booker’s bills and resolutions had 442 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (70th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 19th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Booker introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 793: Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act ...; S. 842: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 3016: Action for Dental Health Act ...; S. 3167: 9/11 Memorial Act; S.Res. 69: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 413: A resolution celebrating Black History ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (19th percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Wrote the 23rd fewest laws compared to All Senators (tied with 13 others)

Booker introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 3016: Action for Dental Health Act ...; S. 3167: 9/11 Memorial Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (28th percentile); All Senators (22nd 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Booker’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 842: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 1547: Anti-Voter Suppression Act; S. 1996: Environmental Justice Act of 2017; S. 2259: Access to Birth Control Act; S. 3038: SAVE Right Whales Act; S. 3343: Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (47th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 23 of Booker’s 75 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Booker caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

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 Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 517 bills that Booker cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (45th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (66th 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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.