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Rep. Blake Farenthold’s 2014 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 27th District
Republican
Served Jan 5, 2011 – Apr 6, 2018


These statistics cover Farenthold’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Farenthold’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Held the most committee positions compared to House Sophomores

Farenthold held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Farenthold’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (99th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got the 8th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to House Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Farenthold’s bills and resolutions had 79 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); Safe House Seats (18th percentile); All Representatives (18th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th lowest % of bills compared to House Republicans

Farenthold tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 13% of Farenthold’s 15 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (13th percentile); House Sophomores (8th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); Safe House Seats (8th percentile); All Representatives (7th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the 15th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Farenthold cosponsored 328 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Sophomores (90th percentile); House Republicans (93rd percentile); Safe House Seats (79th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Ranked the 17th bottom/follower compared to House Sophomores

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (31st percentile); House Sophomores (20th percentile); House Republicans (23rd percentile); Safe House Seats (32nd percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Was 28th most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

Farenthold missed 0.3% of votes (4 of 1,204 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Farenthold’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (6th percentile); House Sophomores (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Ranked 46th most conservative compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (76th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); Safe House Seats (89th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 40 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Farenthold introduced 3 bills in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 982: Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) ...; H.R. 2860: OPM IG Act; H.R. 5402: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (78th percentile); House Sophomores (71st percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); Safe House Seats (78th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Farenthold introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 2860: OPM IG Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Sophomores (66th percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); Safe House Seats (65th percentile); All Representatives (65th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Farenthold introduced 15 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (55th percentile); House Republicans (57th percentile); Safe House Seats (56th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Farenthold’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 2746: Innocent Sellers Fairness Act; H.R. 5402: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (39th percentile); House Sophomores (24th percentile); House Republicans (33rd percentile); Safe House Seats (35th percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Farenthold’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (0th percentile); House Sophomores (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 328 bills that Farenthold cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (56th percentile); House Sophomores (65th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); Safe House Seats (38th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Farenthold supported any of 12 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Farenthold 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Farenthold cosponsored H.R. 2061: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); House Sophomores (88th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); Safe House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.