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Sen. John Cornyn’s 2019 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 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 2nd 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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).


 

Ranked the 3rd 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cornyn’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn introduced 59 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (74th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Got the 3rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Republicans

Cornyn’s bills and resolutions had 485 cosponsors in 2019. 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 Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 3rd most often compared to Senate Party Leaders

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 202 bills that Cornyn cosponsored, 28% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (52nd percentile).

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


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

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. 41: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey ...; S. 169: Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief ...; S. 267: North American Development Bank Improvement ...; S. 300: Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity ...; S. 333: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...; S. 353: RAPID Act; S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act; S. 893: Secure 5G and Beyond Act ...; S. 991: Social Security Child Protection Act ...; S. 1029: Courthouse Dogs Act; S. 1303: HUMANE Act of 2019; S. 1480: Back the Blue Act of ...; S. 1624: HEALS Act; S. 2318: Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation ...; S. 2442: A bill to amend the ...; S. 3008: Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation ...; S.Con.Res. 19: A concurrent resolution celebrating the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (92nd percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).

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


 

Held the 5th most committee positions compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Cornyn held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (79th percentile); Senate Republicans (89th percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Wrote the 4th most laws compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 4 others)

Cornyn introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 41: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey ...; S. 43: Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance ...; S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act; S. 2196: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (90th 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 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. 42 of Cornyn’s 59 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cornyn caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (83rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (92nd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 3 others)

8 of Cornyn’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 69: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ...; S. 169: Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief ...; S. 457: President George H.W. Bush and ...; S. 820: Debbie Smith Act of 2019; S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act; S. 1029: Courthouse Dogs Act; S. 1685: Launching Energy Advancement and Development ...; S.Con.Res. 19: A concurrent resolution celebrating the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (67th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (83rd percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 9th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cornyn introduced 17 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 41: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey ...; S. 43: Lake Fannin Recreation Area Conveyance ...; S. 333: National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act ...; S. 457: President George H.W. Bush and ...; S. 820: Debbie Smith Act of 2019; S. 846: Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act; S. 893: Secure 5G and Beyond Act ...; S. 1029: Courthouse Dogs Act; S. 1416: Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act ...; S. 1685: Launching Energy Advancement and Development ...; S. 2196: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 10: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 163: A resolution commending and congratulating ...; S.Res. 253: A resolution designating June 19, ...; S.Res. 412: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 441: A resolution celebrating the 50th ...; S.Con.Res. 19: A concurrent resolution celebrating the ...

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (75th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (86th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cornyn cosponsored 202 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 Party Leaders (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (74th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cornyn missed 0.9% of votes (4 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Cornyn’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Party Leaders (42nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); All Senators (40th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.