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Sen. John Cornyn’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cornyn’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Ranked the 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to All Senators

Cornyn introduced 19 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 583: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 1011: Mahan Air and Terrorism Prevention ...; 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. 1766: SAFER Act of 2017; S. 2209: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; S. 2345: Justice Served Act of 2018; S. 2703: Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program ...; S. 2734: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2789: Substance Abuse Prevention Act of ...; S. 2795: FIRST STEP Act; S. 3170: CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018; S. 3222: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3546: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3547: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3548: A bill to designate the ...

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


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had 865 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 4th most often compared to All Senators

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cornyn introduced 33 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 90: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey ...; S. 583: American Law Enforcement Heroes Act ...; S. 594: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...; S. 782: PROTECT Our Children Act of ...; S. 1011: Mahan Air and Terrorism Prevention ...; 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. 2098: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...; S. 2209: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; S. 2345: Justice Served Act of 2018; S. 2703: Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program ...; S. 2734: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2789: Substance Abuse Prevention Act of ...; S. 2795: FIRST STEP Act; S. 3170: CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018; S. 3222: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3245: Lake Fannin Conveyance Act; S. 3546: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3547: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3548: A bill to designate the ...; 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.Res. 485: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 503: A resolution commemorating the tricentennial ...; S.Res. 521: A resolution condemning the horrific ...; S.Res. 688: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 715: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Con.Res. 28: A concurrent resolution providing for ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (96th 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. 28 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. 2098: Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization ...; S. 2135: Fix NICS Act of 2017; S. 2209: Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over ...; S. 2345: Justice Served Act of 2018; S. 2577: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 2664: GEAR UP for Success Act ...; S. 2714: A bill to award a ...; S. 2866: Coastal Texas Protection Act; S. 3222: A bill to designate the ...; S. 3504: Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief ...; S. 3598: Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages ...; S. 3719: Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains ...; S.Res. 13: A resolution recognizing the historical ...; S.Res. 485: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.J.Res. 17: A joint resolution approving the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (96th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th most often compared to All Senators

16 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 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. 1478: Defense Siting Clearinghouse Improvement 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. 2345: Justice Served Act of 2018; S. 2577: Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of ...; S. 2789: Substance Abuse Prevention Act of ...; S. 3170: CyberTipline Modernization Act of 2018; S. 3504: Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief ...; S.Res. 102: A resolution reaffirming the strategic ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (95th 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 115th Congress 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 (90th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Introduced the 6th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Cornyn introduced 82 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 7th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 50 of Cornyn’s 82 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cornyn caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); Senate Republicans (90th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 8th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn cosponsored 265 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 (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (84th percentile); All Senators (47th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cornyn supported any of 14 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 (37th percentile); Senate Republicans (78th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Was 14th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

Cornyn missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (20th percentile); All Senators (13th 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 (4th percentile); Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 265 bills that Cornyn cosponsored, 23% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (27th percentile); Senate Republicans (40th percentile); All Senators (29th percentile).

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


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 115th Congress) 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.