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Sen. John Cornyn

Senate Majority Whip and Senator for Texas

pronounced jon // KOR-nun

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.

Photo of Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cornyn.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 Mar 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

John Cornyn sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cornyn was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cornyn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (27%) Taxation (19%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Health (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cornyn’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cornyn’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.J.Res. 31: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019
Feb 14, 2019. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after ...
Yea On the Nomination PN1642: Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
Jul 10, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 72/27.
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Yea H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Mar 31, 2014. Bill Passed 64/35.
Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, which would prevent ICD-10 from being implemented at all without further Congressional approval, has been introduced in House and ...
Nay S. 601 (113th): Water Resources Development Act of 2013
May 15, 2013. Bill Passed 83/14.
Yea On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Mar 2019, Cornyn missed 97 of 4,966 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:

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