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Rep. Blake Farenthold’s 2017 Report Card

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


These special year-end statistics cover Farenthold’s record during the 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Was 3rd most present in votes compared to Texas Delegation

Farenthold missed 0.6% of votes (4 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Farenthold’s Profile »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (6th percentile); All Representatives (18th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 7th most bills compared to House Republicans

Farenthold cosponsored 256 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 (92nd percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (75th percentile).


 

Ranked the 9th bottom follower compared to Texas Delegation

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (22nd percentile); House Republicans (26th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Ranked 14th 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Farenthold’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (89th percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 19th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

5 of Farenthold’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 256: Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd ...; H.R. 659: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...; H.R. 906: Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) ...; H.R. 3108: Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of ...; H.R. 3585: Wrongful Unmasking Prevention Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Held the 46th most committee positions compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 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 »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (75th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 42nd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 27 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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. 256: Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd ...; H.R. 3341: Cell Location Privacy Act of ...; H.R. 3470: GPS Act; H.R. 3830: PRO Sports Act

Compare to all Texas Delegation (83rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

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


 

Got the 91st fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Farenthold’s bills and resolutions had 49 cosponsors in 2017. 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 Republicans (24th percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Farenthold introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

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

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Farenthold introduced 14 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (72nd percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Farenthold introduced 2 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 659: Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews ...; H.R. 906: Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (47th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (54th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Farenthold supported any of 21 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Farenthold 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Farenthold cosponsored H.R. 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Texas Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (68th percentile); All Representatives (55th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Farenthold tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 3 of Farenthold’s 14 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all Texas Delegation (36th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 256 bills that Farenthold cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Texas Delegation (53rd percentile); House Republicans (65th 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.


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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.