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Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2014 Report Card

Junior Senator from Texas
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2025


These statistics cover Cruz’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.

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 Cruz’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 their bills out of committee the most often compared to Senate Republicans

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cruz introduced 15 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 177: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 505: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 729: Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities ...; S. 730: Firearm Straw Purchasing and Trafficking ...; S. 1292: Defund Obamacare Act of 2013; S. 1336: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1661: A bill to require the ...; S. 2024: State Marriage Defense Act of ...; S. 2066: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2067: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 2577: A bill to require the ...; S. 2579: A bill to require the ...; S. 2631: A bill to prevent the ...; S. 2666: Protect Children and Families Through ...; S. 2779: Expatriate Terrorists Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (98th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Senate Freshmen

Cruz introduced 2 bills 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. 1594: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2195: A bill to deny admission ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (64th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 of Cruz’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. 505: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 1292: Defund Obamacare Act of 2013; S. 1594: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2066: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2067: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 2072: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 2073: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2170: American Energy Renaissance Act of ...; S. 2195: A bill to deny admission ...; S. 2510: Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfer Suspension ...; S. 2577: A bill to require the ...; S. 2579: A bill to require the ...; S. 2631: A bill to prevent the ...; S. 2672: Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act ...; S. 2965: Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (91st percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Cruz introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (88th percentile); Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (49th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most absent in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Cruz missed 6.7% of votes (44 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (88th percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 2nd lowest % of bills compared to Senate Freshmen

Cruz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 9% of Cruz’s 32 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (14th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).

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


 

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

Cruz’s bills and resolutions had 178 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 Freshmen (82nd percentile); Senate Republicans (49th percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th top leader compared to Senate Freshmen

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 Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 139 bills that Cruz cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (75th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (50th percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 8th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Cruz cosponsored 139 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 Freshmen (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Ranked 19th 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 Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (76th percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 20th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 12 others)

2 of Cruz’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. 2577: A bill to require the ...; S.Res. 225: A resolution to express the ...

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Cruz 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 Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (82nd percentile); Senate Republicans (11th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cruz supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Cruz 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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.