John Cornyn

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John Cornyn, III

Assumed office 
December 2, 2002
Preceded by Phil Gramm

Texas State Attorney General
In office
January 1999 – December 2, 2002
Preceded by Daniel C. "Dan" Morales
Succeeded by Greg Abbott

Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
In office
January 2, 1991 – October 18, 1997
Preceded by Franklin Spears
Succeeded by Deborah Hankinson

Judge of the Texas 37th Judicial District Court
In office
January 1, 1985 – January 1, 1991
Preceded by Richard Woods
Succeeded by Ann-Marie Aaron

Born February 2, 1952
Houston, Texas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sandy Cornyn
Children Two children
Alma mater Trinity University

St. Mary's University Law School
University of Virginia Law School

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Church of Christ

John Cornyn, III (born February 2, 1952 Houston, Texas), is the Moderate Republican senior United States Senator from Texas, considered a leader in the RINO wing of his party in contrast to his conservative colleague, Ted Cruz.

Although somewhat conservative in his first term,[1] Cornyn today is largely controlled by Republican Party moderates and liberals. He serves on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Budget Committee, Finance Committee, and Judiciary Committee. As the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2012, Senator Cornyn pulled $5 million in spending out of the toss-up Missouri race because the embattled pro-life nominee, Todd Akin, spoke out too much for the unborn. In October 2017, Cornyn announced he would block the confirmation of Russ Vought, a strong conservative, to the important position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget because he wanted the federal government to appropriate even more money than it already had for the state of Texas after a hurricane.[2][3][4][5]

In 2017, Cornyn holds the No. 2 position in the U.S. Senate, called the "Majority Whip." His Senate seat was once held by Lyndon B. Johnson, Johnson's permanent successor, John Tower, the first Republican senator from Texas since Reconstruction, and Phil Gramm, Cornyn's predecessor from 1985 to 2002.

Cornyn is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law (both in San Antonio in Bexar County) and earned a Masters of Law from the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville. He was a state district court judge in Bexar County from 1985 to 1991. In 1990, Cornyn was elected to the Texas Supreme Court. In 1998, he was elected state attorney general. After Republican Senator Phil Gramm announced his retirement Cornyn entered the race to succeed him, and defeated the Democratic nominee, Mayor Ron Kirk of Dallas, a liberal African-American. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2008 and in 2014, defeated conservatives Steve Stockman and Dwayne Stovall in the Republican senatorial primary for his third six-year term.

External links


  1. In 2006, The National Journal ranked Cornyn as the fourth most conservative Senator. [1]
  2. Wegmann, Philip (October 20, 2017). John Cornyn holds top White House nominee for ransom. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  3. Pandolfo, Chris (October 20, 2017). John Cornyn holds conservative nominee hostage for Swamp kickback. Conservative Review. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  4. Swan, Jonathan (October 19, 2017). John Cornyn holds up top White House nominee. Axios. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  5. Brian, Darling (October 23, 2017). Darling: John Cornyn Holds Trump’s OMB Pick Hostage to Extract Petty Revenge on Conservatives. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 23, 2017.