Gardner is the junior senator from Colorado and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Gardner is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
He was previously the representative for Colorado’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2014.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Gardner.
Gardner is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Gardner has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Cory Gardner sits on the following committees:
Gardner was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020
- S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019
- S. 3422: Great American Outdoors Act
- S. 36: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act
- S. 35: Amache Study Act
- S. 38: Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2019
- S. 2736 (115th): Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018
Does 18 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Gardner sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (27%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Health (11%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Energy (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%)
Some of Gardner’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 735: A resolution designating September 29, 2020, as “National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day”.
- S. 4700: A bill to establish a Center for Artificial Intelligence of the National Oceanic ...
- S. 4701: Ports-to-Plains Highway Act of 2020
- S. 4575: FIGHT Censorship Act
- S. 4506: Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2020
- S. 4300: A bill to amend the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 to require ...
- S. 4291: DEPLOY Broadband Act
From Jan 2015 to Oct 2020, Gardner missed 24 of 1,750 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.9% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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