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Rep. Barbara Jordan

Former Representative for Texas’s 18th District

Jordan was the representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1973 to 1978.

Photo of Rep. Barbara Jordan [D-TX18, 1973-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Jordan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Jordan sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Jordan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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

Jordan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (24%) Labor and Employment (15%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Law (9%) Private Legislation (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1978, Jordan missed 185 of 3,891 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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