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 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to Aug 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Cornyn sits on the following committees:
Cornyn was the primary sponsor of 57 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2174 (116th): Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019
- S. 3312 (116th): Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act of 2020
- S. 3461 (116th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2600 Wesley Street in Greenville, Texas, as the “Audie Murphy Post Office Building”.
- S. 3462 (116th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 909 West Holiday Drive in Fate, Texas, as the “Ralph Hall Post Office”.
- S. 5077 (116th): Children’s Hospital Protection Act
- S. 4982 (116th): Creating Helpful Incentives for Producing Semiconductors for America and Foundries Act
- S. 4855 (116th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1305 U.S. Highway 90 West in Castroville, Texas, as the “Lance Corporal Rhonald ...
Does 57 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 (26%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)
Some of Cornyn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2488: Suicide and Crisis Outreach Prevention Enhancement Act
- S. 2490: Blackwell School National Historic Site Act
- S. 2395: Taiwan Partnership Act
- S. 2322: CTPAT Pilot Program Act of 2021
- S. 2208: USMCA FTZ Modernization Act of 2021
- S. 2121: Courtroom Dogs Act
- S. 2083: HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act of 2021
From Jan 2003 to Aug 2021, Cornyn missed 102 of 5,933 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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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