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Rep. Albert Bustamante

Former Representative for Texas’s 23rd District

Bustamante was the representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1992.


Bustamante faced an allegation of racketeering and bribery. On Jul. 22, 1993, he was convicted. In 1992, he lost his bid for re-election.

1992 Lost bid for re-election.
Jul. 22, 1993 Convicted.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bustamante is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bustamante sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bustamante was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bustamante sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Health (21%) Education (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Private Legislation (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bustamante’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Bustamante missed 346 of 3,665 roll call votes, which is 9.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: