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 unless re-elected.
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 liberal–conservative 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 Jul 30, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Cory Gardner sits on the following committees:
Gardner was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019
- 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
- S. 2870: Amache Study Act
- S. 931 (115th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4910 Brighton Boulevard in Denver, Colorado, as the “George Sakato Post Office”.
Does 16 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 (25%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Taxation (11%) Health (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Energy (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)
Some of Gardner’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4300: A bill to amend the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 to require ...
- S. 4291: A bill to provide appropriations for the deployment of rural broadband, and for ...
- S. 4163: TEST Act
- S.Res. 646: A resolution recognizing the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Thailand.
- S. 4125: Paycheck Protection Program Extension and Modification Act of 2020
- S.Res. 615: A resolution recognizing the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War ...
- S.Res. 609: A resolution recognizing that for 45 years, Papua New Guinea and the United ...
From Jan 2015 to Aug 2020, Gardner missed 23 of 1,683 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% 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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