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Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Gardner’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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.

 

Wrote the 3rd most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Gardner introduced 12 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 35: Amache Study Act; S. 36: Crags, Colorado Land Exchange Act; S. 38: Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension …; S. 132: Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act; S. 450: Veterans Improved Access and Care …; S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and …; S. 2661: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act …; S. 3068: Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary …; S. 3069: Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership …; S. 3331: Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary …; S. 3422: Great American Outdoors Act; S. 4700: A bill to establish a …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (96th 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 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Gardner introduced 87 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 69 of Gardner’s 87 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Gardner caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 6th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 22 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. 450: Veterans Improved Access and Care …; 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 …; S. 3422: Great American Outdoors Act; S. 4701: Ports-to-Plains Highway Act of 2020; S.Res. 510: A resolution commending the people …; S.Res. 607: A resolution recognizing that in …; S.Res. 609: A resolution recognizing that for …; S.Res. 610: A resolution recognizing that for …; S.Res. 611: A resolution recognizing that for …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Gardner introduced 29 bills in the 116th Congress 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. 38: Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension …; S. 132: Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act; S. 221: Department of Veterans Affairs Provider …; S. 450: Veterans Improved Access and Care …; 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. 3068: Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary …; S. 3069: Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership …; S. 3331: Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary …; S. 3422: Great American Outdoors Act; S. 3891: Advancing Artificial Intelligence Research Act …; S. 4700: A bill to establish a …; 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.Res. 514: A resolution expressing the sense …; S.Res. 542: A resolution commemorating the 75th …; S.Res. 735: A resolution designating September 29, …; 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 (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th 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 319 bills that Gardner cosponsored, 45% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

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

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


 

Ranked 11th most politically left compared to Senate Republicans

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Gardner’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 91: Creating a Reliable Environment for …; S. 221: Department of Veterans Affairs Provider …; S. 1189: Stopping Malign Activities from Russian …; S. 1678: Taiwan Allies International Protection and …; S. 3891: Advancing Artificial Intelligence Research Act …; S.Res. 221: A resolution recognizing the 30th …; S.Res. 510: A resolution commending the people …; S.Con.Res. 13: A concurrent resolution reaffirming the …

Compare to all Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (58th 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 (19th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Gardner cosponsored 319 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 (73rd percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Gardner’s bills and resolutions had 324 cosponsors in the 116th 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 Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (49th 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 the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Gardner’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Gardner missed 2.5% of votes (18 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Gardner’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (52nd percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.