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Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cruz’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 bicameral support on the 6th 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 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. 2163: Educational Freedom Accounts Act; S. 2903: Stop Higher Education Espionage and ...; S. 3091: Protect Kids and Parents Act; S. 3102: Student Empowerment Act; S. 3526: Equal Treatment of Public Servants ...; S. 3560: Retirement Freedom Act; S. 3735: SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2018; S.Res. 223: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 291: A resolution affirming the historical ...; S.Res. 367: A resolution condemning the Government ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (88th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 7th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Cruz introduced 66 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (84th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 6th most often compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Cruz supported any of 14 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 (78th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Ranked 9th 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (82nd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 9th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 225 bills that Cruz cosponsored, 18% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (16th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).

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


 

Was 10th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Cruz missed 5.3% of votes (32 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cruz’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Cruz introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...; S. 1892: A bill to provide tax ...; S. 2220: National Timing Resilience and Security ...; S. 3257: STOP Using Human Shields Act; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (66th 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 10 bills in the 115th Congress 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. 2220: National Timing Resilience and Security ...; S. 3257: STOP Using Human Shields Act; S. 3277: Space Frontier Act of 2018; 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.Res. 650: A resolution recognizing the 1-year ...; S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution disapproving the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (38th percentile); All Senators (46th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

8 of Cruz’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 45: Kate’s Law; S. 361: Expatriate Terrorist Act; S. 2265: Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) ...; S. 3257: STOP Using Human Shields Act; S. 3277: Space Frontier Act of 2018; S. 3799: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ...; S.Res. 245: A resolution calling on the ...; S.Con.Res. 30: A concurrent resolution expressing the ...

Compare to all Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (69th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 16 of Cruz’s 66 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cruz caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (32nd percentile); All Senators (35th 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 (16th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Cruz cosponsored 225 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 (60th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Cruz’s bills and resolutions had 291 cosponsors in the 115th 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 Republicans (72nd 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cruz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Republicans (64th percentile); All Senators (69th 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 115th Congress) 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.