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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 Aug 1, 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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Does 36 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cornyn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (26%) Taxation (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (12%) Health (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Environmental Protection (8%)

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 voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

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, ...

Cornyn voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

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 ...

Cornyn voted Yea

Cornyn voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Cornyn voted Yea

Bill Passed 64/35 on Mar 31, 2014.

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 ...

Cornyn voted Nay

Bill Passed 83/14 on May 15, 2013.

Cornyn voted Nay

Cornyn voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Cornyn voted Yea

Cornyn voted Yea

Cornyn voted Yea

Veto Overridden 70/26 on Jul 15, 2008.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 ("MIPPA"), is a 2008 statute of United States Federal legislation which amends the Social Security ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Aug 2019, Cornyn missed 97 of 5,179 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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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Primary Sources

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