Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R)

Lawyer, Federal Government
B.A., Journalism, Trinity University, 1973; J.D., Saint Mary's University, 1977; L.L.M., University of Virginia, 1995
  • Finance
  • Judiciary
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Cornyn has been in the U.S. Senate since 2003 and is currently the chamber’s majority whip.

  • Cornyn served as Texas attorney general from 1999 to 2002. Previously, he served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1991 to 1997 and was a state district court judge in Bexar County from 1984 to 1990.

  • He worked as an attorney and partner at the firm Groce, Locke, and Hebdon from 1977 to 1984.

  • Cornyn was paid $80,121.48 in combined annual pensions from the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the Texas County and District Retirement System of Texas and the Judicial Retirement System of Texas.

  • His spouse, Sandy, is a retired teacher and earned $8,327.64 from the Employees Retirement System of Texas in 2015, the most recent year reported.

  • Cornyn owns stock in Apple, and has investments in a number of mutual funds.


  • Two mortgages on residential property in Des Moines, each listed at between $250,000 and $500,000


  • Cornyn has three state pensions and receives a salary for his service in the U.S. Senate.