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Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2017 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Cruz’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Ranked 7th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (87th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 133 bills that Cruz cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (12th percentile); All Senators (6th percentile).

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


 

Wrote the 7th most laws compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

Cruz introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. 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. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...; S. 1892: A bill to provide tax ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (79th percentile); All Senators (89th 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.


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Cruz introduced 38 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 24th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 21 others)

2 of Cruz’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 45: Kate’s Law; S. 361: Expatriate Terrorist Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (29th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cruz introduced 6 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...; S. 1892: A bill to provide tax ...; S.Res. 27: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 245: A resolution calling on the ...; S.Res. 272: A resolution commemorating the 230th ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (44th percentile); All Senators (55th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 68: Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act ...; S. 107: Safeguard Israel Act of 2017; S. 789: Public Water Supply Invasive Species ...; S. 939: EL CHAPO Act; S. 1187: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1452: Department of Veterans Affairs Information ...; S.Res. 223: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 291: A resolution affirming the historical ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (71st percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Cruz’s 38 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (47th 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 Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cruz cosponsored 133 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 Republicans (63rd percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cruz’s bills and resolutions had 163 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Republicans (67th percentile); All Senators (58th 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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (60th percentile); All Senators (63rd percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Cruz missed 2.2% of votes (7 of 325 votes) in 2017. View Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (71st 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 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cruz cosponsored S. 333: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Republicans (85th percentile); All Senators (74th 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 2017) 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.