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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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Farenthold 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

Farenthold sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recently Introduced Bills

Farenthold recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Farenthold voted Nay

Passed 387/13 on Feb 26, 2018.

H.R. 2422 authorizes $18 million in each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2022 the oral health promotion and disease prevention programs at the Centers …

Farenthold voted No

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. …

Farenthold 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 …

Farenthold 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 …

Farenthold voted Aye

Farenthold voted Nay

Farenthold voted Nay

Farenthold voted Aye

Farenthold voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

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.

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

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