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Sen. John Cornyn’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Cornyn’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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 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.

 

Ranked 3rd most conservative compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to All Senators

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 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. 212: MANIFEST for Human Spaceflight Act ...; S. 260: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare ...; S. 463: Cancer Care Payment Reform Act ...; S. 492: Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act; S. 594: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...; S. 704: Sinai Service Recognition Act; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 945: New HOPE Act; S. 1134: Back the Blue Act of ...; S. 1163: Veterans’ Health Care Integrity Act ...; S. 1190: A bill to extend the ...; S. 1311: Abolish Human Trafficking Act of ...; S. 1617: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; S. 2135: Fix NICS Act of 2017; S. 2209: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; S.Res. 13: A resolution recognizing the historical ...; S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 4th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).


 

Got the 5th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had 399 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 5th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn cosponsored 164 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 Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cornyn introduced 13 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 583: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 1311: Abolish Human Trafficking Act of ...; S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act; S. 1478: Defense Siting Clearinghouse Improvement Act ...; S. 1617: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; S. 1757: Building America’s Trust Act; S. 1766: SAFER Act of 2017; S. 1781: National White Collar Crime Control ...; S.Res. 213: A resolution honoring the memory ...; S.Res. 259: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 338: A resolution commending and congratulating ...; S.Con.Res. 28: A concurrent resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 19 of Cornyn’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

10 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 446: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ...; S. 583: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 1311: Abolish Human Trafficking Act of ...; S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act; S. 1617: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; S. 1766: SAFER Act of 2017; S. 1781: National White Collar Crime Control ...; S. 2135: Fix NICS Act of 2017; S.Res. 102: A resolution reaffirming the strategic ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Cornyn introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 10th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 164 bills that Cornyn cosponsored, 21% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (37th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

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. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (78th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cornyn introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 583: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 1478: Defense Siting Clearinghouse Improvement Act ...; S. 1617: Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act ...; S. 1781: National White Collar Crime Control ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Missed Votes

Cornyn missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

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 Serving 10+ Years (5th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.