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Rep. Blake Farenthold’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from Texas's 27th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Farenthold’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Ideology Score

5th most conservative among 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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Texas Delegation 4th most conservative out of 36
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House Republicans 5th most conservative out of 247
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Safe House Seats 5th most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 5th most conservative out of 440
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Bills Cosponsored

8th most bills among House Republicans

Farenthold cosponsored 277 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 3rd most bills out of 36 59
395 bills View All
House Republicans 8th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 64th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

12th fewest cosponsors among Texas Delegation

Farenthold’s bills and resolutions had 94 cosponsors in 2015. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Texas Delegation 12th fewest cosponsors out of 36 0
615 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 96th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 145th fewest cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 171st fewest cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

13th most voting among Texas Delegation; tied with 1 other

Farenthold missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Farenthold’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Texas Delegation 13th most voting (tied w/ 1) out of 36 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 132nd most voting (tied w/ 12) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 157th most voting (tied w/ 13) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

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.

 

Working with the Senate

10th fewest bills among Texas Delegation; tied with 8 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.

Those bills were: H.R. 2745: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 10th fewest bills (tied w/ 8) out of 36 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 71st fewest bills (tied w/ 65) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 111th fewest bills (tied w/ 94) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 130th fewest bills (tied w/ 111) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

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

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

18th lowest % of bills among House Republicans

Farenthold tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 23% of Farenthold’s 13 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Texas Delegation 7th lowest % of bills out of 17 8
59% of bills View All
House Republicans 18th lowest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 49th lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 51st lowest % of bills (tied w/ 2) out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

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

 

Committee Positions

54th highest score among All Representatives; tied with 14 others

Farenthold held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 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 »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Texas Delegation 10th highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 36 0
10 points View All
House Republicans 33rd highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 51st highest score (tied w/ 12) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 54th highest score (tied w/ 14) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

51st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 45 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Farenthold introduced 2 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 526: Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) ...; H.R. 2745: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 9th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 36 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 49th most bills (tied w/ 37) out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 48th most bills (tied w/ 41) out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 51st most bills (tied w/ 45) out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Powerful Cosponsors

61st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 43 others

4 of Farenthold’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 526: Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) ...; H.R. 1199: Innocent Sellers Fairness Act; H.R. 2304: Securing Participation, Engagement, and Knowledge ...; H.R. 2745: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 36 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 58th most bills (tied w/ 39) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

97th least bipartisan among All Representatives

Of the 277 bills that Farenthold cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Texas Delegation 17th least bipartisan out of 36 1
57% of bills View All
House Republicans 96th least bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 91st least bipartisan out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 97th least bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

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

 

Leadership Score

97th worst score among House Republicans

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Texas Delegation 15th worst score out of 36
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House Republicans 97th worst score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 181st worst score out of 385
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All Representatives 213th worst score out of 440
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Bills Introduced

131st most bills among All Representatives; tied with 23 others

Farenthold introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation 11th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 36 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 68th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 120th most bills (tied w/ 19) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 131st most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

157th most supportive among All Representatives; tied with 94 others

GovTrack looked at whether Farenthold supported any of 28 government transparency 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.

Cosponsored: H.R. 653: FOIA Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Texas Delegation 9th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 36 0
6 points View All
House Republicans 24th most supportive (tied w/ 52) out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats 146th most supportive (tied w/ 81) out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives 157th most supportive (tied w/ 94) out of 440 0
9 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

Farenthold introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Texas Delegation fewest bills along with 25 others out of 36 0
3 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

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.

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.

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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.