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Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2015 Report Card

Junior Senator from Texas
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Cruz’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.

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.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the lowest % of bills among Senate Republicans

Cruz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 7% of Cruz’s 30 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd lowest % of bills out of 16 6
55% of bills View All
Senate Republicans the lowest % of bills out of 41 7
71% of bills View All
All Senators 3rd lowest % of bills out of 87 0
71% of bills View All

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

 

Ideology Score

the most conservative among Senate Sophomores

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 Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores the most conservative out of 16
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Senate Republicans 10th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 10th most conservative out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among Senate Sophomores

Of the 120 bills that Cruz cosponsored, 12% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores the least bipartisan out of 15 12
59% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th least bipartisan out of 54 10
51% of bills View All
All Senators 4th least bipartisan out of 98 10
61% of bills View All

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

 

Government Transparency

the least supportive among Senate Sophomores; tied with 1 other

GovTrack looked at whether Cruz supported any of 19 government transparency 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.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores the least supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 16 0
5 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 33 others out of 54 0
7 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 33 others out of 100 0
11 points View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

2nd most bills among Senate Sophomores; tied with 1 other

5 of Cruz’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. 247: Expatriate Terrorist Act; S. 273: A bill to amend title ...; S. 336: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 1297: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; S. 1762: Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 16 0
8 bills View All
Senate Republicans 10th most bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
12 bills View All
All Senators 16th most bills (tied w/ 10) out of 100 0
12 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

3rd most absent among All Senators

Cruz missed 23.6% of votes (80 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Cruz’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores the most absent out of 16 0
24% missed votes View All
All Senators 3rd most absent out of 100 0
35% missed votes View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd fewest bills among Senate Sophomores

Cruz cosponsored 120 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 3rd fewest bills out of 16 111
276 bills View All
Senate Republicans 19th fewest bills out of 54 49
284 bills View All
All Senators 23rd fewest bills out of 100 49
301 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

3rd best score among Senate Sophomores

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 Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores 3rd best score out of 16
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Senate Republicans 23rd best score out of 54
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All Senators 32nd best score out of 100
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Bills Introduced

3rd most bills among Senate Sophomores; tied with 1 other

Cruz introduced 30 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 3rd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 16 11
41 bills View All
Senate Republicans 17th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 54 4
125 bills View All
All Senators 35th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 4
125 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

3rd most bills among Senate Sophomores; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cruz introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 339: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 1297: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; S. 2193: Kate’s Law

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 16 0
6 bills View All
Senate Republicans 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 36th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 100 0
25 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

5th most cosponsors among Senate Sophomores

Cruz’s bills and resolutions had 158 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Sophomores 5th most cosponsors out of 16 34
215 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 24th most cosponsors out of 54 10
579 cosponsors View All
All Senators 43rd most cosponsors out of 100 10
579 cosponsors View All
 

Working with the House

9th most bills among Senate Republicans

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 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. 247: Expatriate Terrorist Act; S. 274: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 336: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 339: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 435: State Marriage Defense Act of ...; S. 647: Health Care Choice Act of ...; S. 791: American Energy Renaissance Act of ...; S. 825: Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act ...; S. 1593: Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act ...; S. 2230: Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act ...; S. 2302: Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act ...; S. 2363: State Refugee Security Act of ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 16 1
14 bills View All
Senate Republicans 9th most bills out of 54 1
30 bills View All
All Senators 19th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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

 

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. 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 Cruz’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores 2nd highest score (tied w/ 8) out of 16 0
3 points View All
Senate Republicans 13th lowest score (tied w/ 18) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 22nd lowest score (tied w/ 34) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Cruz introduced 0 bills 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 »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores fewest bills along with 13 others out of 16 0
2 laws View All
Senate Republicans fewest bills along with 26 others out of 54 0
2 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 58 others out of 100 0
3 laws View All

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.

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.

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.