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Sen. John Cornyn’s 2015 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Cornyn’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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 was busy being Senate Majority 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 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 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. 141: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 178: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...; S. 202: A bill to provide for ...; S. 293: A bill to amend the ...; S. 458: Emergency Port of Entry Personnel ...; S. 461: Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of ...; S. 498: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ...; S. 779: Fair Access to Science and ...; S. 949: Small Business Taxpayer Bill of ...; S. 1153: Red River Private Property Protection ...; S. 1397: ITIN Reform Act of 2015; S. 1786: Centennial Monetary Commission Act of ...; S. 2002: Mental Health and Safe Communities ...; S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism ...; S. 2143: A bill to provide for ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).

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


 

Supported government transparency the 5th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Cornyn supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cornyn 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cornyn sponsored S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2015

Cornyn cosponsored S. 579: Inspector General Empowerment Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); All Senators (80th percentile).


 

Got the 6th most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had 293 cosponsors in 2015. 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 (89th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); All Senators (86th percentile).


 

Ranked the 8th top leader compared to All Senators

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

8 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 178: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...; S. 292: 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency ...; S. 293: A bill to amend the ...; S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2015; S. 498: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ...; S. 779: Fair Access to Science and ...; S. 1840: Taxpayer Protection and Responsible Resolution ...; S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Was 9th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Cornyn missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Ranked 15th 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 22nd least often compared to All Senators

Of the 150 bills that Cornyn cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); Senate Republicans (39th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Cornyn introduced 1 bill that became law in 2015. 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. 178: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); All Senators (59th 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.


 

Bills Introduced

Cornyn introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cornyn introduced 4 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 178: Justice for Victims of Trafficking ...; S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2015; S. 612: A bill to designate the ...; S. 779: Fair Access to Science and ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Cornyn tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 31% of Cornyn’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (49th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored 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 (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cornyn cosponsored 150 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 (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); All Senators (41st 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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.