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Sen. Cory Booker’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from New Jersey
Democrat
Serving Oct 31, 2013 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Booker’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 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.

 

Got bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 52 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. 1086: Access to Birth Control 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. 3167: CROWN Act of 2019; S. 3274: Decentralized Wastewater Grant Act of ...; S. 3279: VET Extension Act of 2019; S. 3405: DIPLOMA Act; S. 3442: Care for COVID-19 Act; S. 3579: Emergency Community Supervision Act; S. 3644: Quality Care for Nursing Home ...; S. 3645: FIRST Act; S. 3742: RELIEF for Main Street Act; S. 3877: Community Solutions for COVID–19 Act; S. 3912: Justice in Policing Act of ...; S. 4038: TREE Act of 2020; S. 4617: Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup ...; S. 4846: Nursing Home Pandemic Protection Act; S. 4993: Reducing Obesity in Youth Act ...; S.Res. 84: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 261: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 264: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 281: A resolution committing to elevate ...; S.Res. 516: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 796: A resolution recognizing the 75th ...; S.Res. 800: A resolution congratulating the National ...; S.Res. 808: A resolution congratulating the National ...; S.Con.Res. 36: A concurrent resolution supporting the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

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


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Booker missed 40.6% of votes (292 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Booker’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 770 bills that Booker cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (7th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 5th most bills compared to All Senators

Booker introduced 123 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most politically left 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 116th Congress 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 770 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).


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Booker’s bills and resolutions had 686 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 (74th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th 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 Booker’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (78th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 15th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

13 of Booker’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. 387: Fair Chance to Compete for ...; S. 473: Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act; S. 877: Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act ...; S. 1083: H.R. 40 Commission to Study ...; S. 1086: Access to Birth Control Act; S. 1595: Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act of ...; S. 2236: Environmental Justice Act of 2019; S. 3566: Stop Overdraft Profiteering during COVID-19 ...; S. 3912: Justice in Policing Act of ...; S. 3957: Confederate Monument Removal Act; S.Res. 643: A resolution recognizing the contributions ...; S.Res. 644: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 800: A resolution congratulating the National ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (65th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Booker introduced 3 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. 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 (35th percentile); All Senators (35th 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 11 bills in the 116th Congress 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, ...; S.Res. 516: A resolution celebrating Black History ...; S.Res. 616: A resolution designating June 12, ...; S.Res. 808: A resolution congratulating the National ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 24 of Booker’s 123 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Booker caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (42nd percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).

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


 

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 (52nd percentile); All Senators (54th 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.