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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Gardner’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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 their bills out of committee the most often compared to Senate Freshmen

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gardner introduced 8 bills in the 114th Congress 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. 2426: A bill to direct the ...; S. 2524: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; S. 2616: A bill to modify certain ...; S. 3020: A bill to update the ...; S. 3084: American Innovation and Competitiveness Act; S.Res. 278: A resolution welcoming the President ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate Freshmen

5 of Gardner’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1519: PORTS Act; S. 2426: A bill to direct the ...; S. 3084: American Innovation and Competitiveness Act; 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 (50th percentile); All Senators (51st percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1568: A bill to extend the ...; S. 2426: A bill to direct the ...; S. 3084: American Innovation and Competitiveness Act; S. 3283: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (92nd percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); All Senators (67th 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.


 

Introduced the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen (tied with 1 other)

Gardner introduced 46 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (65th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner cosponsored 247 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).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 141 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Freshmen (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Gardner missed 2.2% of votes (11 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (77th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Ranked the 13th bottom follower compared to Senate Republicans

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (26th percentile).


 

Ranked 25th most conservative 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 24th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 6 others)

Gardner tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7 of Gardner’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (62nd percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

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 247 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (69th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).

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


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 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: RIVER Act; S. 1941: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act ...; S. 1942: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; S. 2245: PURSE Act; S. 2524: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; S. 3135: Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies ...; S.Res. 526: A resolution calling for all ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Gardner supported any of 22 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 (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (28th 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 the 114th Congress) 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.