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Sen. John Cornyn’s 2014 Report Card

Senate Minority Whip
Senior Senator from Texas
Republican
Serving Nov 30, 2002 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Cornyn’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

Members of Congress with party leadership roles often do not participate in the legislative process in the same way as other Members of Congress. Since Cornyn is busy being Minority Whip, the metrics of legislative activity listed below may not apply.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Cornyn’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 23 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 80: SAFER Act of 2013; S. 178: Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of ...; S. 350: Fair Access to Science and ...; S. 351: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 725: Small Business Taxpayer Bill of ...; S. 983: Keep the IRS Off Your ...; S. 993: A bill to authorize and ...; S. 1125: Working to Address Treaty Enforcement ...; S. 1210: A PLUS Act; S. 1315: Keep the IRS Off Your ...; S. 1316: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 1354: End Sex Trafficking Act of ...; S. 1500: Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes ...; S. 1620: Tax Transparency Act of 2013; S. 1738: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...; S. 1812: Emergency Port of Entry Personnel ...; S. 1895: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; S. 2039: ITIN Reform Act of 2014; S. 2128: A bill to name the ...; S. 2537: Red River Private Property Protection ...; S. 2611: Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating ...; S. 2743: Protecting Children and America’s Homeland ...; S. 2773: Protecting Children and America’s Homeland ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (98th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

8 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 19: A bill to amend the ...; S. 351: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 1001: Iran Export Embargo Act; S. 1013: Patent Abuse Reduction Act of ...; S. 1728: Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s ...; S. 1783: Federal Prison Reform Act of ...; S. 2611: Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating ...; S.J.Res. 7: A joint resolution proposing an ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (93rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (76th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Introduced the 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (61st percentile); All Senators (72nd percentile).


 

Got the 4th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had 312 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 3rd most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 2 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cornyn supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cornyn 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cornyn cosponsored S. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1207: Cameras in the Courtroom Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (71st percentile).


 

Ranked 5th most conservative compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th lowest % of bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Cornyn tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of Cornyn’s 48 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked the 10th top leader compared to Senate Republicans

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cornyn introduced 4 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1315: Keep the IRS Off Your ...; S. 1316: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 1728: Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s ...; S. 2773: Protecting Children and America’s Homeland ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cornyn introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 2128: A bill to name the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Missed Votes

Cornyn missed 3.3% of votes (22 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cornyn cosponsored 252 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 252 bills that Cornyn cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (36th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Cornyn held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (11th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.