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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Gardner’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 bicameral support on the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 218: Social Security Fraud Prevention Act ...; S. 239: Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships ...; S. 285: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; S. 287: A bill to update the ...; S. 660: Native American Indian Education Act; S. 1007: Bureau of Land Management Headquarters ...; S. 1059: Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 1518: CHANCE in TECH Act; S. 1901: LEED Act; S. 2166: Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension ...; S. 2168: Veterans Improved Access and Care ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Gardner supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Gardner 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Gardner cosponsored S. 1189: Close the Revolving Door Act ...; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (77th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd most liberal compared to Senate Sophomores

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 157 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 41% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Gardner cosponsored 157 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 Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th least often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 7 others)

1 of Gardner’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 190: Power And Security Systems (PASS) ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Ranked the 12th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (21st percentile); All Senators (24th percentile).


 

Got the 17th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 72 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (19th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Wrote the 12th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Gardner introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 190: Power And Security Systems (PASS) ...; S. 218: Social Security Fraud Prevention Act ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (77th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Gardner introduced 26 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gardner introduced 8 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 190: Power And Security Systems (PASS) ...; S. 218: Social Security Fraud Prevention Act ...; S. 239: Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships ...; S. 280: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act; S. 285: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; S. 286: Elkhorn Ranch and White River ...; S. 287: A bill to update the ...; S. 1901: LEED Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Gardner’s 26 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (46th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Gardner held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, 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 Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Gardner missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.