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Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Former Representative for Texas’s 16th District

pronounced BEH-toh // oh-RAWRK

O’Rourke was the representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX16, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for O’Rourke.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

O’Rourke is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 O’Rourke sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

O’Rourke was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

O’Rourke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (51%) Immigration (16%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

O’Rourke recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

O’Rourke voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

O’Rourke voted Aye

Passed 237/178 on Mar 16, 2017.

H.R. 1259 would institute necessary reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by providing the Secretary with the authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or …

O’Rourke voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

O’Rourke voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

O’Rourke voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

O’Rourke voted Nay

O’Rourke voted No

O’Rourke voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2018, O’Rourke missed 113 of 3,739 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.

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Primary Sources

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