U.S. Senate (R-TX)
John Cornyn is the senior United States senator for Texas, serving since 2003. Cornyn is the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Border and Immigration and also serves on the Finance and Select Intelligence Committees. He was the Republican Senate Majority Whip for the 114th and 115th Congresses.
Before joining the U.S. Senate, Cornyn served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General.
Throughout his career in public service, Cornyn has been a champion of open government. In 2007, he sponsored of the OPEN Government Act, the nation’s most sweeping reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a decade. The legislation expanded transparency by closing loopholes in the FOIA, helping those requesting information obtain timely responses and ensuring that agencies have strong incentives to act on requests.
Cornyn sponsored S.RES.463 in 2010. The resolution recognized the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and expressed appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society. Cornyn was among the GOP leaders who negotiated on multiple failed efforts to protect DACA recipients from deportation and introduced legislation aimed at keeping immigrant families together.
Residence: Austin, TX
Previous Occupation: Attorney, Realtor
Previous Political Experience: TX District Court Judge, 1985-91; TX Supreme Court, 1991-97; TX Atty. General, 1999-2002
Education: BA Trinity University, 1973; JD St. Mary's School of Law, 1977; LLM University of Virginia, 1995