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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Gardner’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50 of Gardner’s 62 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gardner caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Gardner introduced 62 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 14 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. 33: A bill to update the ...; S. 35: Amache Study Act; S. 37: Bolts Ditch Access and Use ...; S. 381: Space Resources Institute Act; S. 773: Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act ...; S. 859: Reliable Investment in Vital Energy ...; S. 860: Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Project Modification ...; S. 1169: Ensuring Timely Access to Generics ...; S. 1560: Safe Helicopters Now Act; S. 1706: Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships ...; S. 1723: Ski Area Fee Retention Act; S. 2686: Suspicious Order Identification Act of ...; S. 3068: Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary ...; S. 3069: Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (70th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Gardner cosponsored 231 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 Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th most often compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 231 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 45% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gardner introduced 17 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 35: Amache Study Act; S. 36: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act; S. 221: Department of Veterans Affairs Provider ...; S. 641: Yucca House National Monument Boundary ...; S. 859: Reliable Investment in Vital Energy ...; S. 860: Jackson Gulch Rehabilitation Project Modification ...; S. 1189: Stopping Malign Activities from Russian ...; S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and ...; S. 1706: Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships ...; S. 2094: Enhancing State Energy Security Planning ...; S. 2095: Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private ...; S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act ...; S.Res. 221: A resolution recognizing the 30th ...; S.Res. 324: A resolution designating September 29, ...; S.Res. 424: A resolution recognizing the 100th ...; S.Con.Res. 10: A concurrent resolution recognizing that ...; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution reaffirming the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Gardner introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 35: Amache Study Act; S. 36: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (51st 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.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Gardner’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 91: Creating a Reliable Environment for ...; S. 1189: Stopping Malign Activities from Russian ...; S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and ...; S. 1932: Drought Resiliency and Water Supply ...; S.Res. 221: A resolution recognizing the 30th ...; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution reaffirming the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (66th 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 Republicans (23rd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 195 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Republicans (57th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Ideology Score

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Leadership Score

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (53rd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Gardner missed 0.9% of votes (4 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (40th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.