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Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Cruz’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Was most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Cruz missed 32.3% of votes (162 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 193 bills that Cruz cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (1st percentile).

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


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Cruz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 4 of Cruz’s 40 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the least oftenn compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

GovTrack looked at whether Cruz supported any of 22 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 Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Ranked 3rd 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (94th percentile); Senate Republicans (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 3rd fewest bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Cruz cosponsored 193 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 Sophomores (13th percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 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: SISA Act; S. 1593: Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act ...; S. 2302: Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act ...; S. 2363: State Refugee Security Act of ...; S. 2451: A bill to designate the ...; S. 2455: Educational Freedom Accounts Act; S. 2537: PLO Accountability Act; S. 2538: ICE Agent Support Act of ...; S. 3034: Protecting Internet Freedom Act; S. 3488: SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2017

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

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. View Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (69th percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

6 of Cruz’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 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 ...; S. 3346: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cruz introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1297: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (15th 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.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cruz introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 339: ObamaCare Repeal Act; S. 1297: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness ...; S. 2193: Kate’s Law; S. 3346: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cruz’s bills and resolutions had 205 cosponsors in the 114th 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 Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Cruz introduced 40 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (46th 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 114th Congress) 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.