Cornyn is the senior senator from Texas and is a Republican. He has served since Nov 30, 2002. Cornyn is next up for reelection in 2020.
He is also Senate Majority Whip, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Cornyn.
Cornyn is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cornyn has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to May 21, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
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John Cornyn sits on the following committees:
- Chair, United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Senate Committee on Finance
- Chair, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Cornyn was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 43: Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance Act
- S. 41: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
- S. 3170 (115th): CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018
- S. 1311 (115th): Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
- S. 3547: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 W. Goodwin Street in Pleasanton, Texas, as the “Pleasanton Veterans Post Office”.
- S. 3546: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 901 N. Francisco Avenue in Mission, Texas, as the “Mission Veterans Post Office Building”.
- S. 3548: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 400 N. Main Street in Encinal, Texas, as the “Encinal Veterans Post Office”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cornyn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (28%) Taxation (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (12%) Health (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Cornyn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1580: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve consultation by ...
- S. 1566: A bill to require information and opportunities for registration for voting and absentee ...
- S. 1505: A bill to require prescription drug plans and MA-PD plans to report potential ...
- S. 1480: A bill to protect law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.
- S. 1429: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication ...
- S. 1426: A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to establish a ...
- S. 1416: A bill to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to prohibit anticompetitive behaviors ...
As Senate Majority Whip, Cornyn may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2003 to May 2019, Cornyn missed 97 of 5,043 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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