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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
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 2019 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 Aug 6, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Cornyn sits on the following committees:
Cornyn was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 893: Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020
- S. 457: President George H.W. Bush and First Spouse Barbara Bush Coin Act
- S. 2646: Emancipation National Historic Trail Study Act
- S. 2196: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11158 Highway 146 North in Hardin, Texas, as the “Lucas Lowe Memorial Post Office”.
- S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act
- S. 267: North American Development Bank Improvement Act of 2019
- S. 43: Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance Act
Does 42 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 (29%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Health (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)
Some of Cornyn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 667: A resolution calling for the immediate release of Trevor Reed, a United States ...
- S. 4433: A bill to authorize the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation to establish ...
- S. 4402: A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify certain ...
- S. 4317: SAFE TO WORK Act
- S. 4290: A bill to provide much needed liquidity to America’s job creators.
- S. 4258: SOS Act
- S. 4134: Increasing Access to Biosimilars Act of 2020
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 Aug 2020, Cornyn missed 101 of 5,502 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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