Sen. Cory Gardner

Senator from Colorado, Republican

Gardner, a Republican, is the junior senator from Colorado and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district (2011-2014).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Gardner.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Gardner has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gardner is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Cory Gardner sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gardner was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gardner sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (19%) Taxation (18%) Energy (16%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Health (9%) International Affairs (9%) Environmental Protection (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gardner’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gardner’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN42: Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
May 11, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/14.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 3361 (113th): USA FREEDOM Act
May 22, 2014. Passed 303/121.
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
Nay H.R. 5972 (112th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
Jun 29, 2012. Passed 261/163.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jun 2017, Gardner missed 11 of 655 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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