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John Cornyn
John Cornyn

Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 2, 2002
Serving with Kay Bailey Hutchison
Preceded by W. Philip Gramm
Succeeded by Incumbent (2009)

Born February 02, 1952 (1952-02-02) (age 55)
Houston, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse Sandy Cornyn
Alma mater Trinity University
Religion Church of Christ

John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. He is a Republican and was elected to his first term in November 2002, defeating Democrat Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas, Texas, and Libertarian Scott Jameson of Plano, Texas.[1][2] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x2100, 422 KB) From http://cornyn. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Kathryn Ann Bailey Hutchison, usually known as Kay Bailey Hutchison (born July 22, 1943, in Galveston, Texas), is the senior United States Senator from Texas. ... William Philip Phil Gramm (born July 8, 1942, in Fort Benning, Georgia) served as a Democratic Congressman (1978–1983), a Republican Congressman (1983–1985) and a Republican Senator from Texas (1985–2002). ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Houston redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... GOP redirects here. ... Trinity University is an independent, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences university in San Antonio, Texas. ... Alternate meanings: see Church of Christ (disambiguation). ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Ronald Ron Kirk (born June 27, 1954) was the first African American mayor of Dallas, Texas who also ran for the United States Senate in 2002. ... Dallas redirects here. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on December 11, 1971. ... Scott Lanier Jameson (born c. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , County Government  - Mayor Pat Evans Area  - City 185. ...


Cornyn was born in Houston, Texas to Atholene Gale Danley and John Cornyn II.[3] He graduated from Trinity University in 1973, where he majored in journalism and was a member of the local fraternity Chi Delta Tau.[4][2][5] He earned a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1977, and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995.[6][7] Houston redirects here. ... Trinity University is an independent, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences university in San Antonio, Texas. ... Journalism is a discipline of gathering, writing and reporting news, and broadly it includes the process of editing and presenting the news articles. ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... St. ... St. ... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ... The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his academical village, the University of Virginia. ...


From 1999 to 2002, John Cornyn was the Texas Attorney General. He served in San Antonio for six years as a district judge before being elected in 1990 to the Texas Supreme Court, where he served for seven years.[2] In 2005, Cornyn's name was mentioned among possibilities to replace Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O'Connor or William Rehnquist.[8] This article is about the year. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The U.S. state of Texas has two courts of last resort: the Texas Supreme Court, which is the highest state appellate court for civil matters (including juvenile delinquency, which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal) and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest... The supreme court functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be challenged, in some countries, provinces and states. ... Sandra Day OConnor (born March 26, 1930) is an American jurist who served as the first female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006. ... William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer, jurist, and a political figure who served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the Chief Justice of the United States. ...


Cornyn and his wife Sandy have two daughters.[2]

Contents

Senate career

Cornyn sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Immigration.[8] He previously served as chairman of that subcommittee,[9] and prior to that he was chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights.[10] He is the Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics. He also serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Budget Committee. As of September 2007, he is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Airland and a member of the Subcommittee On Emerging Threats And Capabilities, the Subcommittee On Seapower, the Subcommittee On Human Rights and the Law, the Subcommittee On Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, and the Subcommittee On The Constitution.[2] The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate, the upper house of the United States Congress. ... Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members John Cornyn, TX (Chairman) Charles Grassley, IA Jon Kyl, AZ R. Michael DeWine, OH Jeff Sessions, AL Sam Brownback, KS Tom Coburn, OK Democratic Members Edward Kennedy, MA (Ranking Member) Joe Biden, DE Dianne Feinstein, CA Russell Feingold, WI Charles Schumer, NY Richard Durbin, IL Senior... // Jurisdiction Membership Republican members Sam Brownback, KS (Chairman) Arlen Specter, PA Lindsey Graham, SC John Cornyn, TX Tom Coburn, OK Democratic members Russell Feingold, WI (Ranking Member) Charles Schumer, NY Edward Kennedy, MA Dianne Feinstein, CA Richard Durbin, IL Senior Subcommittee Staff Ajit Pai, Majority Chief Counsel Robert F. Schiff... The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics is a select committee of the United States Senate charged with dealing with matters related to senatorial ethics. ... The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nations military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ...


In 2004, Cornyn co-founded and became the co-chairman of the U.S. Senate India Caucus.[11] Cornyn was selected by his colleagues in December 2006 to be a member of the five-person Republican Senate leadership team as Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.[12] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Senate Republican Conference is the formal organization of the (currently) 51 Republican Senators in the United States Senate. ...


While in the Senate, Cornyn has received various awards and recognitions, including the 2005 Border Texan of the Year Award; the National Child Support Enforcement Association’s Children’s Champion Award; the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award; the Texas Association of Business’s (TAB) Fighter for Free Enterprise Award; the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award; the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders’s (CONLAMIC) Latino Leadership Award; and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce’s (TAMACC) International Leadership Legislative Award; among others.[2] The American Farm Bureau Federation calls itself the Voice of Agriculture, and was founded in 1919 in Chicago, Illinois at a meeting attended by a number of state representatives. ... The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is a lobbying organization with offices in Washington, DC USA, and in all 50 state capitols. ...


On May 18, 2007, Cornyn was involved in an altercation with fellow (and Senior) Senator John McCain (R-AZ). "During a meeting Thursday on immigration legislation, McCain and Sen. John Cornyn got into a shouting match when Cornyn started voicing concerns about the number of judicial appeals that illegal immigrants could receive, according to multiple sources — both Democrats and Republicans — who heard firsthand accounts of the exchange from lawmakers who were in the room. McCain cursed at Cornyn after he told McCain, "Wait a second here. I've been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You're out of line."[13] is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For McCains grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. ...


Cornyn faces re-election in 2008. He is considered politically vulnerable as he was elected with less 55% in the reliably red Texas. Rick Noriega is challenging him.


Political views

Cornyn was ranked by National Journal as the fourth-most conservative United States Senator in their 2006 rankings.[14] He is considered by the Dallas Morning News to be a reliable ally of President George Bush on most issues.[15] National Journal is a weekly magazine that provides Insight for Insiders through nonpartisan reporting on the current political environment as well as emerging political and policy trends. ... Conservative may refer to: Conservatism, political philosophy A member of a Conservative Party Conservative extension, premise of deductive logic Conservativity theorem, mathematical proof of conservative extension Conservative Judaism britney spears Category: ... The Dallas Morning News is the major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


Environment and energy

In 2005, Senator Cornyn voted against including oil and gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. He voted against factoring global warming into federal project planning, and against banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He voted against reducing oil usage by 40%, rather than by 5%. He also voted against removing oil and gas exploration subsidies.[16] During his tenure in the Senate, Cornyn has scored 0% on the League of Conservation Voter's environmental scorecard, a system of ranking politicians according to their voting record on environmental legislation.[17] Cornyn has been described by Jim Jubak of MSN Money as one of "Big Oil's ten favorite members of Congress," as he has received more money from the oil and gas industry than all but six other members of Congress.[18] The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) covers 19,049,236 acres (79,318 km²) in northeastern Alaska, in the North Slope region. ... MSN Money is a Web site about business news which is a section of MSN and is edited in association with CNBC. See also CNBC - MSN_MoneyII - chat room at MSN Money used by readers of MSN Money especially during weekdays when the U.S. stock exchanges are open References MSN... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Supermajor, Oil major and Seven Sisters (oil companies) (Discuss) Big Oil is a term used to describe the individual and collective economic power of the largest oil and gasoline manufacturers, and their perceived influence on politics, particularly in...


Civil rights and law enforcement

In the 2004 debate surrounding the Federal Marriage Amendment, Cornyn released an advance copy of a speech he was to give at the Heritage Foundation. In the speech, he wrote, "It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right ... [N]ow you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife." He removed the reference to the box turtle in the actual speech, but the Washington Post ran the quote, as did The Daily Show.[19][20] The United States Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. ... The Heritage Foundation is one of the most prominent conservative think tanks in the United States. ... ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ...


In September 2005, Cornyn sponsored a bill that would allow law enforcement to force anyone arrested or detained to provide samples of their DNA, which would be recorded in a central database.[21] He voted to recommend a constitutional ban on flag desecration and for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He also voted for the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act and extending its wiretap provision. He is rated an A by the National Rifle Association.[16] Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see The Police. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a nucleic acid molecule that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. ... This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a non-profit group for the promotion of marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and personal protection firearm rights...


Abortion and stem cell research

John Cornyn was rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America, which indicates a pro-life voting record. He voted to ban partial-birth abortions except in cases where the mother's life was in danger and for criminal penalty for harming a fetus while committing another crime. He also voted in favor of notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. He voted against expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.[16] He voted to prevent contributions to organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning, and to prevent funding of organizations that support coercive abortion.[22]


War, peace, and homeland security

Senator Cornyn voted against redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007, and he later voted against redeploying them by March 2008. He voted against implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report and restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. He also voted against restricting businesses with ties to terrorism. He voted against preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.[16]


Economy and taxes

Senator Cornyn is a cosponsor of the Fair Tax Act of 2007.[23] He voted to permanently repeal the estate tax and for raising the estate tax exemption to $5 million. He voted in favor of $350 billion in tax cuts over 11 years, and supports making President Bush's tax cuts permanent.[16] The phrase fair tax is used by some economists as a synonym for a progressive tax (as opposed to an unfair or regressive tax). ...


Judicial nominations

John Cornyn voted to confirm Samuel Alito as a Supreme Court Justice and John Roberts for Chief Justice.[16] In September 2005, during the Supreme Court hearings for Roberts, Cornyn's staff passed out bingo cards to reporters. He asked them to stamp their card every time a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee used terms such as "far right" or "extremist".[24] Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the... This article is about the Chief Justice of the United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the judicial... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Housie. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


Electoral history

Texas U.S. Senate Election 2002[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Cornyn 2,480,991 54.7
Democratic Ron Kirk 1,946,681 43.3
Libertarian Scott Jameson 35,538 0.78
Green Roy Williams 25,051 0.55

 Republican hold  Republican pickup  Democratic holdhttp://en. ... GOP redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Ronald Ron Kirk (born June 27, 1954) was the first African American mayor of Dallas, Texas who also ran for the United States Senate in 2002. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on December 11, 1971. ... Scott Lanier Jameson (born c. ... This article is about the American political party, Green Party. ...

References

  1. ^ a b "Office of the Secretary of State". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas: About Senator Cornyn". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  3. ^ "1". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  4. ^ "U.S. Senator To Address Trinity University Undergraduates". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  5. ^ "Alumni Association Foundation - Chi Delta Tau". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  6. ^ "U.S. SEN. JOHN CORNYN TO SPEAK AT OPENING OF CENTER FOR TERRORISM LAW AT ST. MARY´S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "Alumni in the News, 2002". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  8. ^ a b "Possible Nominees to the Supreme Court", The Washington Post, July 1, 2005. 
  9. ^ "United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  10. ^ "United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  11. ^ "India Caucus formed in US Senate". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  12. ^ "Senate Republican Conference :: About the SRC". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  13. ^ McCain, Cornyn Engage in Heated Exchange Washington Post Capital Exchange. May 18, 2007 Retrieved June 21, 2007
  14. ^ "NATIONAL JOURNAL: 2006 Vote Ratings (03/02/2007)". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  15. ^ "Bush rallies immigration bill's GOP foes" Dallas Morning News June 13, 2006.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "John Cornyn on the Issues". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  17. ^ "LCV_2006_Scorecard_final.pdf". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  18. ^ "Big Oil's 10 favorite members of Congress". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  19. ^ Romano, Lois. "In Oklahoma, GOP Race Not a Given", The Washington Post, July 12, 2004. 
  20. ^ "The Boys in the Ban". Retrieved on November 14, 2007.
  21. ^ Washington Post Article, 9/23/05
  22. ^ "Votes by John Cornyn. Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  23. ^ "S. 1025: Fair Tax Act of 2007 (GovTrack.us)". Retrieved on September 19, 2007.
  24. ^ Milbank, Dana. ""Final Day of Nomination Hearings: Yawn."", The Washington Post, September 16, 2005. 

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  • United States Senator John Cornyn
Legal offices
Preceded by
Dan Morales
Attorney General of Texas
1999 – 2002
Succeeded by
Greg Abbott
United States Senate
Preceded by
Phil Gramm
United States Senator (Class 2) from Texas
2002-12-02 – present
Served alongside: Kay Bailey Hutchison
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Kay Bailey Hutchinson
Vice-Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
2007 – present
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME Cornyn, John, III
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION junior United States Senator from Texas
DATE OF BIRTH February 2, 1952
PLACE OF BIRTH Houston, Texas
DATE OF DEATH
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John Cornyn (right) of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona would allow foreigners to work two years in the U.S. before having to return to their homelands for a year.
John Cornyn: According to a Pew Hispanic Center study, by a 4-to-1 margin, or 71% vs. 18%, survey respondents said they would participate in a program that would allow them to work in the US and cross the border legally on the condition that they eventually return to Mexico.
John Cornyn: We screen immigrants who are arrested before they are released to return on their own recognizance to make sure they do not appear on terrorist watch lists or criminal databases.
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