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 Aug 1, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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”.
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).
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%)
Some of Cornyn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2442: A bill to amend the Small Business Act to require the Small Business ...
- S. 2318: Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act
- S. 2196: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
- S. 2174: Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019
- S. 2144: Remittances and Money Laundering Risk Assessment Act of 2019
- S. 2133: Secure American Research Act of 2019
- S. 2024: USA Civics Act of 2019
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 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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