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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Colorado
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Gardner’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 Gardner’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 influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Freshmen

4 of Gardner’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 1519: PORTS Act; S. 2426: A bill to direct the ...; S.Res. 194: A resolution welcoming the President ...; S.Res. 278: A resolution welcoming the President ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner introduced 25 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (46th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner missed 1.8% of votes (6 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner cosponsored 158 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 Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Ranked the 16th bottom/follower 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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).


 

Got the 18th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 54 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 22nd lowest % of bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Gardner tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 20% of Gardner’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Gardner introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 1568: A bill to extend the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gardner introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1941: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act ...; S. 1942: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; S.Res. 278: A resolution welcoming the President ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 5 of Gardner’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. 1036: Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act; S. 1270: Reliable Investment in Vital Energy ...; S. 1941: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act ...; S. 1942: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; S. 2245: Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

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


 

Committee Positions

Gardner held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (6th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 158 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (37th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Gardner supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Gardner 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gardner cosponsored S. 366: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (34th 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.