In 2015 Farenthold was investigated for sexual harassment on the basis of a 2014 lawsuit filed against him alleging sexual harassment. The lawsuit was resolved in 2015 with a taxpayer-funded settlement that was revealed in 2017, and the House Committee on Ethics investigation was re-opened. In light of further revelations of inappropriate behavior, Farenthold announced on December, 13, 2017 that he would not seek reelection.
|Sep. 28, 2015||House Committee on Ethics recommended further review, but to postpone that review until the lawsuit was resolved|
|2015||The lawsuit was resolved with a taxpayer-funded settlement that was revealed in 2017.|
|Dec. 7, 2017||House Committee on Ethics re-opened the investigation|
|Dec. 13, 2017||House Committee on Ethics named members to the Investigative Subcommittee|
|Dec. 13, 2017||Farenthold announced he would not seek reelection in 2018.|
|Dec. 21, 2017||House Committee on Ethics expanded the range of allegations being investigated to include campaign finance violations|
Read our 2017 Report Card for Farenthold.
Farenthold is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Farenthold has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Blake Farenthold sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Farenthold was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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 about one third or more 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).
Farenthold sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Farenthold’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5253: To amend section 552(h) of title 5, United States Code, to require agencies ...
- H.Res. 767: Directing the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to enter into ...
- H.R. 3830: PRO Sports Act
- H.R. 3585: Wrongful Unmasking Prevention Act
- H.R. 3470: GPS Act
- H.R. 3377: JAWS Act
- H.R. 3341: Cell Location Privacy Act of 2017
|Farenthold’s Vote||Vote Description|
S. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017
Jan 11, 2018. Passed 256/164.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill was originally introduced and passed the Senate in 2017 as the Rapid DNA ...
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
H.R. 3523 (112th): Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Apr 26, 2012. Passed 248/168.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
From Jan 2011 to Mar 2018, Farenthold missed 38 of 4,961 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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