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Sen. Cory Booker’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Booker missed 64.7% of votes (277 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Booker’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 30 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. 597: Marijuana Justice Act of 2019; S. 697: Next Step Act of 2019; S. 828: Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act; S. 992: Dignity Act; S. 1018: Refund to Rainy Day Savings ...; S. 1080: New Pathways Act; S. 1100: A bill to institute a ...; S. 1243: Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act ...; S. 1344: A bill to require the ...; S. 1440: PROTECT Immigration Act; S. 1514: Help Students Vote Act; S. 1557: Reverse Mass Incarceration Act of ...; S. 1596: Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium ...; S. 1673: Gold Star Families National Monument ...; S. 1866: STRIVE Act; S. 2021: Removing Marijuana from Deportable Offenses ...; S. 2068: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 2231: American Opportunity Accounts Act; S. 2236: Environmental Justice Act of 2019; S. 2305: Humane Correctional Health Care Act; S. 2311: SERVICE Act of 2019; S. 2450: Protecting Immigrant Gold Star and ...; S. 2452: Climate Stewardship Act of 2019; S. 2457: Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act ...; S. 2512: Fair Calculations in Civil Damages ...; S. 2514: Worker Dividend Act of 2019; S. 2671: Break the Cycle of Violence ...; S.Res. 261: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 264: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 281: A resolution committing to elevate ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

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


 

Ranked 5th most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th most bills compared to All Senators

Booker cosponsored 476 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 (87th percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 476 bills that Booker cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Booker’s 62 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Booker caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Booker introduced 62 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Booker introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 387: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 1100: A bill to institute a ...; S. 1689: A bill to permit States ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (77th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Booker introduced 8 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 387: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 877: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act ...; S. 1100: A bill to institute a ...; S. 1689: A bill to permit States ...; S. 2453: SAVE Right Whales Act; S.Res. 84: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 206: A resolution marking the 70th ...; S.Res. 235: A resolution designating June 12, ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (67th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Booker’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 387: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 473: Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act; S. 877: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act ...; S. 1086: Access to Birth Control Act; S. 1595: Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act of ...; S. 2236: Environmental Justice Act of 2019

Compare to all Senate Democrats (56th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Booker held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 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 (51st percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Booker’s bills and resolutions had 317 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (49th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).


 

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (56th percentile); All Senators (63rd 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 2019) 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.