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Rep. Blake Farenthold

Former Representative for Texas’s 27th District

pronounced blayk // FA-rin-thawld

Farenthold was the representative for Texas’s 27th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

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. On April 6, 2018, Farenthold resigned. On April 12, the House Committee on Ethics closed the investigation due to loss of jurisdiction.

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
Apr. 6, 2018 Farenthold resigned.
Apr. 12, 2018 House Committee on Ethics closed its investigation due to loss of jurisdiction
Photo of Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Farenthold.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Farenthold 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Farenthold sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Farenthold was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was 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

Farenthold sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (19%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Law (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Immigration (12%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Taxation (9%) International Affairs (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Farenthold’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
Nay H.R. 4889: Kelsey Smith Act
May 23, 2016. Failed 229/158.
No H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No 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. ...
Yea 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 ...
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
Nay 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 ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
No H.R. 3523 (112th): Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Apr 26, 2012. Passed 248/168.
Aye 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 legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Mar 2018, Farenthold missed 38 of 4,974 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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