U.S. Senate (R-TX)
John Cornyn is the junior United States senator for Texas, serving since 2003. Cornyn served as a member of the Deputy Whip team after just one year in office, and is currently serving his second term as the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). He also serves on the Senate Armed Services, Budget, and Judiciary Committees.
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 is sponsor of S.RES.463. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.
First Elected: 2002
Committees: Armed Services; Budget; Judiciary
Prev. Occupation: Attorney, Realtor
Prev. Political Exp.: 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